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Two key meetings you must be having to grow your business.

Do you ever find that a day, a week or sometimes a month can slip by and you feel like you haven’t really progressed in your business? When you look back at the time you realize you were busy, but this “busyness” hasn’t yielded you any results? 

If this has happened to you, you are not alone. We have all been there before. The trick however is to recognize it and then do something about it. When I first discovered this was happening to me, I let it go on for a little bit longer than I would like to admit (nobody’s perfect, right?!). Over time however, as I got more serious about my business, I knew that something had to change. 

Here are two key meetings that helped me break the cycle of spending my days, ‘busy being busy’ and getting nothing done to being uber productive and getting more traction in my business which led to (and leads to) helping more people, making more money and making a bigger impact. 

Two Key Meetings You Must Be Having To Grow Your Business , Jennifer TraskActivity 1 - Monthly Team Meetings

Whether you are a 1-man or 1-woman show or you have a team of 2, 3 or 10 people, you need to be having monthly team meetings.

Here’s what you will want to discuss in these meetings:  

  • Review yearly goals.
    • Are we on track? If yes, great. If no, what do we need to do to get back on track? 
  • Review the past month. 
    • Review monthly goals (Ex: revenue, social media, email list, etc.). 
    • Did we meet, exceed or go below our goals?
    • What can we celebrate? Make sure you celebrate your wins! :) 
    • What did we do that didn’t work? What can we learn from those experiences that will help us improve? 
    • What did we do that was ‘just ok’? How can we make it better? 
    • Do we need to let go of anything? 
    • Do we need to bring in something/someone?
  • Review the month ahead.
    • What are the big projects that are up and coming? 
    • Who is doing what tasks? 
    • Create the schedule for the month and outline highest priorities. 

You should carve out 1-3 hours/month (which can be one team meeting) to go through these questions. Time will depend on the size of your team and how thorough you go. The purpose of this meeting is to help stay on track with your priorities. It is difficult to run a business on ‘Wishful thinking and marketing’. When you are trying to reach goals, you have to create a path from where you are and then adjust as you learn more. These meetings will help you do just that so you can grow as quickly as you can. 

 

Activity 2 - Weekly Team Meetings 

Each week you should have a meeting with your team (again, even if it is just you) to discuss the previous week and the upcoming week. Here’s what you will want to discuss in these meetings:  

  • Review the week you just had. 
    • Review weekly goals.
      • Did we meet, exceed or go below our goals?
    • What can we celebrate? Make sure you celebrate your wins! :) 
    • What did we do that didn’t work? What can we learn from those experiences that will help us improve? 
    • What did we do that was ‘just ok’? How can we make it better? 
    • Do we need to let go of anything? 
    • Do we need to bring in something/someone?
  • Review the week ahead.
    • What are the big projects that are up and coming? 
    • Who is doing what tasks? 
    • Create the schedule for the week and outline highest priorities.

You will see that this meeting is similar to the monthly meeting. The biggest difference is that you are most focused on ensuring you are ‘doing what actually needs to be done in the present moment’. Meaning, each month you will review the bigger picture, whereas the weekly meetings are designed to help you stay focused on ensuring the highest priorities get done to help meet the big picture. 

After all, the journey of building a successful business is about doing the right activities day after day. It’s a culmination of small successes that make the big ones happen. Nothing happens overnight. Everything in nature (which includes you) is about incremental steps.

The incremental steps are what prepare you for the big leaps. They help you gain momentum and prepare you for the bigger opportunities. These meetings are like taking the incremental steps that are helping you gain momentum for the big leaps you are really looking for. 

Now, I would love to hear from you. Do you have these regular meetings? If you do, how have they helped you? If you don’t, when will you implement them? 

I look forward to hearing your comments! 

Happy ‘meeting’, 

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