Add follow up time to your next meeting

How many times have you had a great meeting, then struggled to find the time later to follow up on your action items from it?

I believe that business life is filled with out-of-sight out-of-mind behavior, where meetings end up being ‘happy talk’ with little real execution. In many cases, it is a time management issue, not an integrity issue.

Recently, I’ve started a new meetings habit, padding a meeting with 15 to 30 minutes of follow up time. This means that after a meeting or conference call, I have time blocked out to do what I promised to do, including research, networking, writing, etc. I’ve noticed immediate results from this new technique and on top of that I’ve delighted business mates with a lightning quick follow up (usually all of them same day of meeting/call).

Try this strategy with your next few meetings, phone or in-person, and let me know how it works for you!