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.


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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