6. Don’t go in to a meeting blindly.
If you can help it, always know what you’re walking in to. Get a general understanding before you meet with someone.
7. Never meet alone.
Either bring along a leader you’re investing in and/or meet with multiple leaders at once.
Relationships are key to leadership, and when you have more than one person at the table, relationships can be fostered.
8. Keep a to-do list handy at all times.
Don’t use napkins or the backs of receipts. You’ll lose them.
Use a to-do list on your phone. I like Wunderlist and Things.
9. Check your email before you leave the house in the morning.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shown up for an 8 a.m. meeting, only to realize they emailed me the night before to tell me they couldn’t meet.
10. Shut it down.
I’ve got to shut things down when I get home. When I began in ministry, it consumed my life and my family. I’m getting better at shutting off, but I’m still a work-in-progress.
Meetings and people are important, but so is your family. And so is your personal time. If you don’t recharge, you’ll have nothing to give in meetings.