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Agree on ground rules for a meeting to ensure that important issues get discussed and the meeting runs without any hitches.

Don't suffer through a meeting

By Lisa Hinz

From eNews, October 28, 2004

When meetings get bogged down in details or go "off track" on unrelated items, everyone suffers. And the tendency is to blame the chairperson or the person who convened the meeting. Don't, because everyone who attends the meeting can play a role in making it more effective. With the following tips, you can breeze through a meeting and leave smiling:

The next time you're at a meeting where things aren't going well, lend a hand. A group is only as strong as its members are.

Lisa Hinz is an educator specializing in leadership and civic engagement with the University of Minnesota Extension Service Regional Center, Farmington.