ATTN: Office Managers Dinner Dates and Dental Meetings- Why Smaller is Better
It’s Friday night, and you are heading out for some fine dining. Only, instead of letting loose by your lonesome, you’ve invited a few friends along to enjoy the evening, as well.
Admittedly, you got a bit crazy with your invites, asking 6 other people join you for some good food, lighthearted laughter and well-deserved conversation.
The only problem, though?
Come the end of your meal, as you say goodbye to those who’ve left the comforts of home to enjoy your company, you realize that you said hardly anything to the majority of the people you’re now putting in a taxi cab.
In fact, apart from the two people seated by your side, you’ve spoken with next to nobody.
What does this have to do with team meetings?
Alright, real-life scenario aside, let’s get into the meat of the matter …
If you’re the office manager of an up-and-coming dental practice, to keep your meetings as sweet, succinct and effective as possible, it’s important that you keep them small. And no, we’re not just blowing hot air with all of this—there’s some actual substance to this stuff.
Studies have shown that the average dinner party consists of 3.8 people.
Why? Because according the basic principles behind what’s commonly referred to as “lines of communication,” a group any larger would hinder the social side of the dining experience.
Yup, you guessed it—the same information applies for workplace meetings, too.
Seriously, take a look at this:
Meetings with three or four people allow for strong, healthy lines of communication to exist. Any more, however, and things get complicated. Heck, the dinner party you attended in the above example? With seven people present, there were as many as 21 lines of communication.
The result? Watered-down messaging and a lack of participant intimacy—insert teenage laughter.
Putting It Into Practice
But what good is this information without any kind of actionable takeaway, right?
Keep your shirt on—we’ve got you covered on that front. Below, you’ll find two key takeaways to immediately improve the efficiency of your staff meetings:
1. Invite only those who need firsthand exposure to a meeting’s proceedings.
2. Work with participants to further disperse relevant information accordingly.
Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy, huh? That’s all there is to it!
Wrapping Things Up
Here’s the best part, though—whether meeting with dental assistants, hygienists or lab technicians, for your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with shorter, more on-point meetings that genuinely have an impact on the betterment of your practice.
All this from recognizing that lines of communication exist and managing them properly!