6 Ways to Keep Staff Meetings Productive

For a well-oiled business, it’s imperative to meet and check in regularly with the team that runs it. Here’s how to make sure things really get done.

We asked members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) to share their creative and unique ways for keeping staff meetings fresh and productive. Here’s what they had to say.

meeting 11. Follow the Agenda

“We avoid slow meetings by not just having an agenda, but also by staying on track. A clear vision of what will be discussed and what needs to be achieved is essential. We make the meeting fun as well as informative. By picking a focus for each meeting and coming up with a creative way to get the staff interested, we assure the meeting is not a waste of time.”

Sue Meitner, EO Philadelphia
President and CEO, Centennial Lending Group, LLC

2. Start and End on Time

“Every employee should be able to count on the fact that they’ll get out of the meeting at exactly the time they were told beforehand. We also try to limit staff meetings to an hour. To ensure this happens, we’ve a ‘sidetrack alert’. As soon as someone starts going off on a tangent, an agenda keeper interrupts with ‘sidetrack alert!’ to get the meeting back on track.”

Vladimir Gendelman, EO Detroit
CEO, Company Folders, Inc

3. Focus on “Why”

“Each team member reports a recent win and quickly gives a ‘what-so what-now what’ report, which helps us avoid regurgitating status reports, and get straight to the significant events. We end meetings with a 15-minute wild card slot focused on brainstorming, problem solving, and business development activities. This works because it gives ownership for a successful meeting to everyone, it respects everyone’s time, and it’s designed to hit the high notes–the why instead of the what.”

Deb Gabor, EO Austin
President, Sol Marketing

4. Lead by Example

“As a former U.S. Navy SEAL, I model my business after how a real SEAL platoon functions and holds core values (including trust, candor, personal responsibility and assertiveness). The most important thing is for me as the leader is to come prepared and lead by example. I also make sure my team owns a part of the meeting, which really holds their attention. Setting up this environment, provides the mechanics for accountability and successful meetings.”

Brandon Webb, EO New York
CEO, Force12 Media


5. Create an Experience

“We gather weekly for what we call ‘Treat Tuesday.’ One team member is selected as Studio Sheriff, and it’s the person’s job to provide snacks and food for the meeting, as well as to share an inspirational quote and video. Ultimately, this person controls the experience. Also, peer nominations are solicited for the Team Member of the Week–one who went above and beyond the call of duty in the previous week. The winner receives a gift card for lunch, the movies, and iTunes.”

Hussain Manjee, EO Dallas
President and Chief Success Officer, DHD Films

6. Reach Personal Levels

“I not only touch on needs for the business, but also on personal needs for my employees. One of the most recent meetings was about personal goals for this year. I had everyone pair up and find ways in which they can reach their goals. I have an ‘open door policy’ too, so those wishing to bring non-employees to meetings may also do so. I’ve found myself lecturing employees’ children and pets who were also in attendance; showing my staff I care keeps them motivated and productive.”

Theresa Fette, EO Las Vegas
CEO, Provident Trust Group

To learn more about EO members’ entrepreneurial experiences and insights, visitOverdrive, EO’s global business blog.


Knowing what to wear on a job interview is half the battle of the interview itself. The old adage could never be so true, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

When you’re going on a job interview, your appearance is extremely important. Whether or not you look professional or sloppy could play a huge role on if you get hired.

Check out the company culture:

When first deciding what to wear on a job interview, you should first take into consideration the culture of the company you are interviewing with, and dress accordingly. Are you interviewing with a company where the employees wear suits everyday or do they wear t-shirts and jeans?

Nothing too fancy, nothing to casual:

how-to-dress-interviewA suit is not always the best choice for what to wear on a job interview. If you show up wearing a suit and tie and all the employees are wearing shorts and flip-flops, you will look out of place, feel uncomfortable and give off the wrong energy. The same is true of the opposite. If you show up wearing shorts and flip-flops to a company that wears professional attire, you will be just confirming that you don’t fit into the company.

Match the interviewer:

If you want to get the job, your choice of what to wear on a job interview should match or be slightly dressier than the normal work attire of the company. For example, if the normal work attire of the company is business casual, it’s ok to wear a suit to impress. If the normal work attire is casual, it’s ok to wear a business casual outfit to impress as well. Appropriateness is the most important factor on what to wear on a job interview.

After you decide whether a professional, business casual, or casual outfit the most appropriate for your interview, here are some guidelines you will want to stay with in when deciding what to wear on a job interview. The key is to wear clothing that you feel comfortable and look great in, while at the same time matching the corresponding dress code of the company. That way you’ll give off great energy and your true personality shine through.

Here are the guidelines:

  1. Make sure your clothes that are neatly ironed and press. Nothing gives away the lack of attention to detail than wrinkled clothing.
  2. Make sure your clothing fits properly. If your pants or sleeves are too long or something is too loose or too tight you’ll look and probably feel awkward.
  3. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. You’ll want the interviewer to pay attention to you, not your bling.
  4. Dress according to the season. Don’t wear a stuffy turtleneck sweater in the middle of the summer.
  5. Don’t wear perfume or aftershave. You never know if your interviewer is allergic and this isn’t a good way to find out.
  6. Make sure you have a nice, clean haircut that makes you look well groomed.
  7. For men, make sure you shave and keep facial hair to a minimum.
  8. For women, don’t wear anything that is too revealing. It’s best to keep your body parts inside your clothing and not be too exposed.
  9. Avoid articles of clothing with loud, busy prints. It’s best to wear solid colors that flatter your skin tone.
  10. For women, make sure you wear appropriate lingerie and/or pantyhose underneath your clothing. This will give you smooth lines and assure you don’t have visible panty lines on your backside.
  11. For women, don’t overdo your makeup. Wear natural colors and avoid heavy eyeshadow, eyeliner and bright colored lipstick.
  12. For pants outfits, make sure you wear a belt that matches the color of your shoes.

Bottom line:

So, congratulations on getting the interview! Now you know exactly what to wear to the interview interview so you can get the job.


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