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As a manager or leader, meeting agendas are often your responsibility. That means that you set the tempo for your meetings and decide what’s important. You also act as an example to your company for how meetings should be run. Done right, your team will emulate your best practices in their own meetings. Every good meeting has a foundation in a good agenda to help drive the meeting forward. What topics should you make sure to include on that agenda?

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Below is a collection of agenda examples for common leadership meetings — from board meetings, to planning meetings, to your company-wide all-hands. Of course, these aren’t the only meetings you’ll be running. For more templates for meetings in any department, check out these 50+ meeting agenda examples. 👇

All-Hands Meeting

Executive Strategy Session

Executive Weekly Team Meeting

Formal Board Meeting Minutes

Monthly Management Meeting

Quarterly Planning Meeting

Start-up Board Meeting Agenda

All-Hands Meeting

Engage and align your company with a thoughtful, powerful team meeting.
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All-Hands Meeting
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Company Vision

  • Start every all hands by reiterating the company vision — where we are at, what we believe, and where we are going.

Key Metrics

  • Look at high-level metrics and explain what they mean in the context of the business and the broader market in general.

Customer/employee updates

  • Invite leads from teams/departments to provide brief updates. Focus on high-level ideas and customer anecdotes.
  • Make an effort to include new learnings — what has gone well, what hasn’t, and how that changes things.

Deep dive (Important topics & large-scale changes)

  • Optional agenda item for occasionally drilling deep into something that is happening at the company. Examples include changes in strategy, positioning, and hiring/restructuring.

AMA (Ask me anything)

  • Leave time at the end of the meeting to answer employee questions.

Appreciation reward

  • Many companies like to honor teams or individuals during their All Hands. Often these awards are peer-nominated and do not come from the executive team.

Executive Strategy Session

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Executive Strategy Session
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Welcome/Overview of the Day

Measuring success/KPIs


Setting the stage

  • Where are we right now as an organization?
  • What do we do well?
  • ---Where have we found success in the past?
  • ---What are our competitive advantages?
  • What can we improve?
  • What would we like to see?

Review Vision, Mission, and purpose

  • Where are we going? Is this still our vision?
  • Is this still our mission? What does winning look like?
  • Is this still our purpose?

Where are we going?

  • Why do we exist?
  • Who is the customer we serve?
  • Where are we going?
  • How are we going to get there?
  • Strategy Priorities
  • Why change?

What do we need to focus on to achieve our vision?


Action planning for the strategic priorities

  • What is the most important priority moving forward?
  • Risk identification - What is going to stand in our way

Next Steps/Action Steps

  • @name Task by DUE-DATE

Executive Weekly Team Meeting

Coordinate on priorities. Find efficiencies. Stay aligned. Use this proven agenda template.
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Review Metrics/KPIs

Track progress on metrics, goals vs. actual. Where are we off from the plan? Why?


Insights

  • What’s going on in the company?
  • What’s going on with the customers?
  • What’s going on in the market?

Roundtable

Keep everyone up to date, look for efficiencies, and help each other get unblocked.

Name

  • Recent wins

  • Current priorities

  • Anything you are stuck on?

Name

  • Recent wins

  • Current priorities

  • Anything you are stuck on?

Deep dive

Before the meeting, select a project or area of the business to do a deep dive into. Have someone give a presentation on that area.

Messages to share with the team

Is there anything to be communicated to the entire company?


Next Steps

  • @name Task by DUE-DATE

Formal Board Meeting Minutes

Get everyone aligned. Create a formal agenda and meeting minutes for your board meeting.
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Formal Board Meeting Minutes
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Call to Order

A [meeting type] meeting of [organization name] was held on [date] at [location]. It began at [time] and was presided over by [chairperson’s name], with [secretary’s name] as secretary.


Attendance 

Voting members


Guests


Members not in attendance



Approval of minutes

A motion to approve the minutes of the previous [date] meeting was made by [name] and seconded by [name].


Officer’s Reports



Other Reports



Main Motions

  • Motion by [name] and seconded by [name] that [state the motion here]. The motion [carried or failed] with [#] in favor and [#] against.


Announcements



Adjournment


Monthly Management Meeting

Engage and re-focus your leaders with this business meeting agenda sample template.
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Monthly Management Meeting
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Review Metrics/KPIs

Track progress on metrics, goals vs. actual. Where are we off from the plan? Why?


Company Update

Share key updates and provide a “State of the Union.”

Department/Team Lead Roundtable

Keep everyone up to date, look for efficiencies, and help each other get unblocked.

Name

Recent wins


Current priorities


Anything you are stuck on?


Name

Recent wins


Current priorities


Anything you are stuck on?


Professional Development (Optional)

Improve your long-term business results through an interactive learning or team-building experience.

Problem-Solving Session

Chose one challenge or area of priority.

  • Presentation on the challenge
  • Open discussion to better understand the challenge and find solutions
  • Assign next steps

Next Steps

  • @name Task by DUE-DATE

Quarterly Planning Meeting

Drive your long-term strategy forward with a meeting agenda optimized for the 3-month plan.
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Quarterly Planning Meeting
,  Wednesday, August 18
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Welcome

  • Review agenda
  • Confirm objectives

Opening Session

Check-in and good news

Review previous quarter

  • Results
  • Bright spots
  • Lessons learned

Stop, Keep, Start

  • What are we doing now?
  • What are 1-2 things we can work on?
  • What should we stop doing?

Review annual plan

  • YTD progress
  • Opportunities
  • Threats

-- Break --

Quarterly Execution Plan

What should be the focus of this quarter?

  • Develop theme/subthemes
  • What is your company’s number one thing?

Priorities

Company top 3-5 priorities

  • Determine top priorities
  • Assign each priority an owner
  • Set success criteria

Individual top 3-5 priorities

  • Determine top priorities for individuals
  • Set success criteria

Communication plan for the rest of the company

Wrap Up

  • Summarize and commit.

Start-up Board Meeting Agenda

Pragmatic board meeting agenda for earlier-stage companies looking to drive decisions.
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Big Picture

  • CEO Update
  • Highlights
  • High-level Challenges
  • Company Needs

Calibration

Tell the story of the company using the fewest number of metrics/charts to properly frame the current status.

Financial metrics

Financial performance & forecast (quarterly)
  • Quarterly P&L
  • Monthly waterfalls (revenue, burn, cash balance, headcount)
  • Performance vs. Plan
Funnel metrics
  • Website Visits
  • Leads
  • Conversions
  • Conversion Rate
Product engagement metrics
  • Signups
  • Downloads
  • Activations
  • Engagement
  • Retention
  • NPS

Company Building & Updates

Org Chart 
  • Forward-looking - show current team and positions to be filled w/in 6 mo.
Product/Engineering
  • Product Roadmap
  • ---Major launches & achievements since last meeting
  • ---Roadmap next 6 mo. (where is company heading)
  • Major Challenges (where is help needed?)
Growth/Marketing
  • Performance against KPIs
  • Positioning
  • Brand
  • Messaging
  • PR
Sales/BD
  • Performance against KPIs
  • Sales pipeline & forecast
  • Major challenges (where is help needed?)
Operations (if appropriate)
  • Performance against KPIs
  • Major challenges (where is help needed?)

Working Sessions

Session One
  • Deep dive into a functional area, partnership opportunity or business challenge
Session Two
  • Deep dive into quarterly goals or product challenges

Closed Session

  • Feedback to founders
  • Formalities
  • Stock option grants

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Agenda Template FAQs

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How do you make team meetings more engaging?

The best meetings involve the whole room, not just one or two presenters. Here are a few ways to encourage more engagement:
  • Ask others to contribute to the agenda. Having a shared agenda helps everyone in the room feel responsible for the meeting’s success.
  • Make small talk as people are settling in. When you show up early, get the conversation flowing instead of burying your head in your laptop or your phone.
  • Don’t do all the talking. Invite fellow participants to lead discussions and provide updates.
  • Give updates before the meeting. Provide materials to review before the meeting so that you can focus on the discussion and decision-making when everyone is together.
  • Do a deep dive into one topic. Focus on a single challenge to tap into the collective intelligence of everyone attending.
  • Keep a sense of humor. Cracking the occasional joke will help meeting participants feel open to expressing their own ideas.
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What agenda topics are most common in team meetings?

Team meetings are among the most common and most important meetings in any workplace. Agendas for these types of meetings range wildly, but all topics usually fall into one of these categories:
  • Introductions. If they don’t already, make sure everyone in the room knows who each other are.
  • Updates. Updates are extremely common in team meetings, but often they are also the hog a lot of time without providing a lot of value. Summarize updates on the agenda when possible and keep them brief.
  • Discussions. This one speaks for itself.
  • Decisions. If a decision needs to be reached during the meeting, note it explicitly on the agenda.
  • Next steps. While not a significant part of the agenda, it’s important to always agree on action items from a meeting and who owns them.
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What are some fun and cool team meeting ideas?

  • Go around the table with an icebreaker. Get to know each other by having everyone answer the same question.
  • Change up the location. Get out of the conference room and into the break room, or on the lawn outside.
  • Start at a weird time. Pick something memorable like 1:23 pm.
  • Get some exercise. Switch things up during a long meeting by having everyone take a run around the block, do as many pushups they can do, or some other physical activity to get the blood pumping.
  • Pass out prizes. Have a pile or swag, or candy bars, or coffee gift cards up at the front of the room. Whenever someone makes a spectacular contribution, toss them a prize.
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What are good questions to ask in a one-on-one?

Personal/rapport-building:
  • What worries you? What keeps you up at night?
  • What are you most excited about?
  • How’s life outside work?
  • What do you like to do on the weekends?
  • What are your big dreams in life outside of work?
Career growth:
  • What skills would you like to develop?
  • Do you feel challenged in your role?
  • Is there any training or education we should be investing in for you?
  • How do you see your role evolving?
  • Do you feel like you’re making progress on your career goals?
  • Who in the company would you like to learn from?
Giving/receiving feedback:
  • Do you feel you’re getting enough feedback?
  • What’s an area where you would like help or coaching?
  • What’s an aspect of your job you’d like to improve?
  • How can I help you be more effective?
  • What is something I can do better?
  • What have past managers done that you’d like me to do as well?
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Why have one-on-ones with your employees?

One-on-one meetings have many benefits:
  • Help employees build better relationships with their managers 
  • Provide opportunities for coaching and training
  • Encourage employees to feel valued at work
  • Discuss performance and areas of improvement
  • Find out what employees are (and are not) excited about
  • Learn how managers can better help employees
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What should be discussed in a marketing meeting?

Every successful marketing team meeting should cover the following topics:
  • Set an agenda. Always create an agenda before the meeting.
  • Share wins. Start your meeting on a positive note.
  • Metrics review. Share meaningful data that relates to your main goals.
  • Quick updates. If you’re going to do an update roundtable, keep it snappy!
  • Retrospectives. Reflect on past campaigns and what could have gone better.
  • Brainstorming. Gather ideas from the team for upcoming initiatives.
  • Planning. Make clear decisions based on your discussions.
  • Tasks. Assign all next steps to a directly responsible individual.
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What are some marketing meeting best practices?

Make sure every marketing meeting passes the PANTS Test — straight from our favorite framework: Vital Meetings.
  • Purpose - State the reason for the meeting
  • Agenda - Always set an agenda
  • Notes - Designate one person to take notes for the meeting
  • Tasks - End every meeting with tasks or action items
  • Shared - Share meeting notes with anyone who might benefit
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What are the different types of marketing meetings?

Whether they are entirely internal or with an agency, marketing meetings usually fall into one of the following categories:
  • Brainstorming
  • Content Planning
  • Campaign Planning
  • Campaign Kick-Off Meeting
  • PR (Press Relations) Meeting
  • Team Sync-ups
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Who should set the agenda for a one-on-one meeting?

It’s good for the employee to feel ownership of their one-on-one because the meeting is primarily for their benefit. So, rather than having a manager set the agenda every time, the majority of the agenda should be driven by the employee. Of course, there should still be opportunities for managers to lead the conversation, especially when it comes to topics like coaching and performance. Using a meeting notes app that allows for easy, collaborative agendas can help.

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Should one-on-one be hyphenated?

Yes. The word one-on-one is always hyphenated, regardless of whether it is used as a noun, adjective, and adverb.

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What are other ways to spell one-on-one?

Writing all three hyphenated words out as one-on-one can be tedious. For brevity in your calendar invites, try using: "1:1" or "Name <> Name."

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