Do’s and don’ts for running a meeting

Do you hate meetings? Most of us do, but that is usually because the meeting is not run effectively. When you take the time to conduct an effective meeting, it will run smoothly, and it will be enjoyable.

Practice Success Do

Always have an agenda. Meetings without agendas are generally a waste of time. They wander, invite extraneous conversation, and don’t focus on its main purpose, which is to make decisions.

Practice Success Dont

Don’t interrupt others. People who are more vocal can hijack a meeting by speaking out of turn, interrupting, or even making silly jokes. These actions cause the less vocal people not to participate, and the decisions made in the meeting will be less effective and poorly thought out. 

Dr. Roger P. Levin is CEO of Levin Group, a leading practice management and marketing consulting firm. To contact him or to join the 40,000 dental professionals who receive his Practice Production Tip of the Day, visit or email

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