Americans appreciate a structured, timely approach to meetings. It is important to have a well-thought out agenda which is followed by the participants. If a person is absent or late, and the agenda has to be shuffled around or changed in order, assure that this is noted in the beginning of the meeting, which I call the ‘housekeeping section.’
How Authentic Journeys can help
When we run sessions on effective, productive and impressive meetings with US clients, participants reenact a meeting based on a real-life business situation. Though they are required to write an agenda, as a facilitator I don’t ask for it. This is because if I can follow the meeting as an observer without an agenda, they are on the right track. In addition to facilitation skills, this requires being present in the moment, coordination, a lot of words, directives and transition phrases, as we will hear in the video below.
How the British and American Styles of Meeting Management Differ
The video below is a reenactment of a very structured meeting that will impress your US or North American client. The participants in the meeting seem to be British and not American. I’d say the only meeting mannerism that would differ here is the fact that Americans don’t mind making more small talk in the beginning of the meeting. Americans may ask about the weather, your weekend, how your day is going, or the traffic as examples of some acceptable small talk topics. In the video below, the meeting participants do not make this kind of small talk, they jump right into the meeting at hand. I hear this is a very British approach- getting directly to the business, skipping small talk.
Take a look at the video below to extract the following key elements: