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PREPARING FOR A DIFFICULT MEETING / CONVERSATION

Preparation is the key to any successful meeting / difficult conversation. It will give you confidence to conduct the meeting in a structured and professional manner.

Use the template below as guide in your preparation:-

Name:

Preparation Date:                                                  Meeting Date:

Proposed Attendees:

 

Meeting Purpose – Why are you having this meeting?

 

 Objective – What would be your preferred result from this meeting?

 

 Premise – What do you already know about the subject matter / people / situation?

 

 Meeting Strategy- How will you achieve the preferred objective & can you measure it?

 

 Anticipation- What might the participants do, say & ask? And will you respond?

 Remember

  • Allow reflection time during the meeting. It is OK to have period of silence.
  • Consider emotion may play a part.
  • It is Ok not to get to the answer / solution in one meet – You might need to adjourn to allow for the participants to reflect on what has been said / proposed.