The common way to end meeting discussions, "Is there anything else?" is ineffective.

One of the ways meetings become too long and messy is how we handle discussions. We start discussing something, and when it's about done, whomever is running the meeting asks, "Anything else?" This often leads to more discussion, often only tangentially related to the agenda item at hand.

We all then decry the rabbit trail we go down, and how long the meeting went, and how we didn't get to everything. But this mistake is one of many that meeting managers/facilitators make - they asked the wrong question, and didn't pay enough homage to the clock.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • How should I wrap up discussions in meetings?
  • Should I ask, "Anything else"?
  • Is there a better way to end meeting discussions?

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