CL Project 4: Time Management


Project four in the Competent Leadership Manual is: Time Management.

The goal of this project is to practice time management skills by performing the Timer role and one of the following other meeting roles: Toastmaster, Speaker, Grammarian, Table Topics Master in different meetings.

It’s very important for meetings to run on time, especially with a Corporate Club like mine.

A meeting that starts late shows disrespect for those who make a point to arrive on time.

Even worse, a meeting that runs over time risks members having to leave before the meeting is over, which can be very disruptive to the participants.

When I worked on Project 4, I served as Timer (obviously) and as Toastmaster.  As Toastmaster, I focused on ensuring that each part of the meeting began and ended on time so that all parts were given the proper focus without having to rush any of them.

I have found that time management is one of the more unsung leadership skills.  Too often in the business world, there’s a tendency for meetings to go over time or be rushed to fit within the allotted time.  As a leader, it’s a rare and valuable skill to manage a diverse group of meeting participants ensuring that everyone gets a chance to contribute with no one eating up too much of the meeting time.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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