Long meetings are must in business life. You need to be able to concentrate in these long meetings. This can be seen as the tough side of long meetings. So, if you want to be able to manage long meetings successfully, you should make some preparations in advance. With a few simple things you can do before and during the meeting, your day will be as productively as you imagine. Here’s what you need to do to run long meetings with maximum efficiency.
Get enough sleep
If you have a long meeting the next day, you actually need to start preparations the day before. Therefore, the night before the meeting you should definitely go to bed early and get enough sleep. Otherwise, the next day you you might yawn frequently during the meeting and have difficulty concentrating.
Do not forget to have breakfast
So, you spent the night resting... Naturally you will feel full of energy in the morning. Until now, everything is great. Your next step should be to have a good breakfast. Having a breakfast consisting of hearty and nutritious foods before the meeting will balance your blood sugar throughout the day and help you concentrate.
Limit your sugar intake
To avoid feeling tired and exhausted during the meeting, you should keep sugar consumption to a minimum. You should show the same dedication as you did for having breakfast and not consume sugar with your tea or coffee. Because sugar consumption can cause low levels of energy throughout the day and occasionally cause yawning.
Pay extra attention to your diet
There are certain foods that will make you energetic throughout the day. For example; you can consume dry nuts that will boost your energy such as walnuts and nuts and you can add foods to your lunch which are known to strengthen memory such as avocado, carrots, ginger, pineapple. In addition, you should stay away from indigestible foods during the meeting to avoid stomach and abdominal pain.
Manage your time
Now you are physically fully prepared for your meeting. All that remains is, mental preparedness. The first requirement of an effective meeting is, time management. Hence you should pay attention to starting and ending your meeting on time.
Meeting follow up is an important way to make a good impression on others. For this reason, to keep long meetings successful, it is necessary to keep track of the meeting day. Do not forget to note important matters on your calendar.
Choose an appropriate environment for the meeting
In terms of productivity, the environment in which the meeting is held is very important. Thus, if you have a long meeting ahead you should choose the most appropriate environment for your meeting. Factors such as transportation, quality of lighting, noise, room temperature, complimentary food and drinks to guests will effect entire the motivation of the meeting. Hence, it is very important that you choose the ideal meeting venue for a successful long meeting.
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