Tips on… Getting the most from meetings
Meetings are an inevitable reality of professional life. They are a necessary part of multidisciplinary patient care and may often take up valuable clinical time. They may range from being productive and stimulating to very boring and hypnotic. Here are some tips on how you can use them to your advantage:
It may seem like there is an endless number of meetings. Prioritise them and miss the unimportant ones.
Know when to interrupt, but don't wait for permission. Handle criticism without showing undue emotions. If you are up against opposition, try to determine your opponent's objectives. If you disagree with someone, make criticism less personal, for example, by claiming you are being the 'devil's advocate'. Don't waste others' time by continuing an arguments that have already been decided.