What is a meeting agenda & why is it important?
A meeting agenda is a detailed outline designed beforehand that clearly states the key goals and topics to be discussed during a meeting. It serves as a road-map for the meeting, guiding the flow of discussion, keeping participants focused, ensuring important subjects are covered, and making the meeting time more efficient.
It is typically distributed to all participants prior to the meeting for preparation and to set expectations. The agenda may include things like the meeting’s objective, specific items to address, the designated facilitator or speaker for each section, time slots for each topic, and any necessary pre-meeting preparation tasks. In our experience, a meeting without a clear agenda is messy and – most of the time – ineffective and therefore costly.