Transformational Tuesday – Increase Your Focus During Meetings

September 29, 2015 at 11:10 am

Happy New Year!

                I See You

10 Ways to Increase Your Focus During Meetings

I have facilitated many long meetings. They can be tough on just about everyone. However, just about all people on a team want to be successful. They want you to help bring them closer to that in a meeting.  As a faciliator it is our responsibility to ensure everyone is able to participate. If people are checking out chances are the productivity will decrease.  Here are 10 ways to increase YOUR focus during meetings:

  1. Attend to your needs. Be sure to “take care of business” before the meeting (go to the toilet). It’s not easy to focus when your body is uncomfortable.
  2. Make sure you have eaten. If you attend meetings consistently hungry, you will be easily distracted by your hunger pains.
  3. Stay hydrated. If your only fluid choice is caffeine, then you are not going to be balanced and attentive in a way that serves you and the organization best. Drink fluids that hydrate you. Caffeine is one liquid that actually dehydrates the body. Also, bringing cold water with you to each meeting will help your focus.
  4. Create the agenda before the meeting. Clarity helps everyone get prepared.
  5. Follow the agenda. Often, topics arise during a meeting that do not need to include all participants. Take notice and take them offline to discuss at a later date.
  6. Check off the items you’ve completed. As you move through the agenda, cross off items that have already been covered.
  7. Stick to a time limit. Ensure you have planned a meeting that lasts for the appropriate amount of time. If you planned a 60-minute meeting but have 2 hours worth of agenda items, your group will leave feeling exhausted and overwhelmed.
  8. Conduct meetings in a consistent manner. Ensure the meetings are held within the proper frequency. If you are not meeting that often, this will influence how well others work together.
  9. Provide energy boosters, when necessary. If your meetings are held in the late afternoon, having healthy snacks will help everyone curve those afternoon munchies and give you the energy boost you need to get what you need to get done completed.
  10. Provide rest breaks for long meetings. If you are having a meeting that lasts longer than 30 minutes, be sure to add in a 2-minute stretch break. It will help keep everyone alert and at their best. A little stretch can go a long way.

I would love your comments and any additional tips/tricks you might have.

Live. Love. Thrive. Being In Sync.

~Suzanne

ALPHA Female

September 29, 2015 at 11:06 am

Leaning Into Love

10 Signs YOU are an ALPHA Female

  1. You more often than not always have an answer and are always right. This can be extremely irritating for everyone around you. But you speak up, not being afraid of having the wrong answer but empowered to be working toward a solution.
  2. You take time to recognize others, always coming from a place of having enough. You truly know the value in lifting others up to their highest potential.
  3. You leverage every situation and find a way to make it work for the next time.
  4. You are mindful of your language. Alpha females know they are in the spot light and as such are careful to empower rather than destroy those around them.
  5. You are goal oriented. You have your list and are very clear about the path you are clearing for yourself.
  6. You take time to reflect and relax. You are a busy lady, but know you will be better served when you have time to clear your mind and refocus.
  7. You don’t wait for someone to give you authority. You take it. You stand tall. You come into a room and there is no question you are present and aware.
  8. You expect respect. Respect is a value of being human, not of being part of the “in crowd.” Anything less says more about the people you are working with than about who you are as a woman.
  9. You model integrity. You have no issues with letting others know where you stand. You will use clear data points to show how it will be best for others to come aboard with true conviction or move on their way. You have no problem clearing your hands and moving forward.
  10. You know not to look back. The past is not the place to create your future. You know power comes from always being present in the moment. Alpha females know that who they are makes a difference right where they are at that moment.

Knowing who you are is important. Being strong is your divine right. However, never, ever, lose touch with your feminine power. Feminine power has nothing to do with being an Alpha and everything to do with your inner power.

Live. Love. Thrive. Being In Sync

~Suzanne