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50 Examples of Meeting Goals

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Meeting goals are targets for a meeting. In order to respect people's time, it is a common norm for a meeting organizer to specify the goals of a meeting in a meeting agenda. The following are illustrative examples of meeting goals.
Achieve stakeholder buy-in
Address concerns
Align strategies
Allocate resources
Approve initiatives
Assess impact
Assess progress
Assess risks
Assign work
Brainstorm ideas
Build consensus
Clarify roles
Coordinate efforts
Define objectives
Develop budgets
Develop business plans
Develop forecasts
Develop partnerships
Develop plans
Develop requirements
Develop solutions
Develop standards
Develop strategies
Discuss challenges
Estimate work
Evaluate options
Identify action items
Identify gaps
Identify lessons learned
Identify process improvements
Identify risks
Identify solutions
Introduce changes
Introduce new policies
Make decisions
Model decisions
Monitor budgets
Monitor performance
Prioritize items
Procure resources
Provide feedback
Provide training and development
Review business results
Review customer feedback
Review progress
Set business goals
Share updates
Solve problems
Transfer knowledge
Validate ideas

Direction & Control

Meetings that allow management to direct and control resources and teams. For example, a weekly team meeting with a goal to direct the efforts of a team to achieve productivity and efficiency. This can be phrased as follows.
Review status and plan work efforts for the week to achieve team objectives.


Governance meetings provide oversight of management. The goals of such meetings are to perform the due diligence required to ensure that management are accountable for performance, reputation and financial management. For example, an IT governance meeting might have the following goal.
Provide oversight of information technology strategy, programs, projects, operations and risk.

Goal Planning

Identifying your goals and objectives.
Plan yearly targets for the billing support team.

Requirements Gathering

Planning the functional and non-functional requirements for a project or initiative.
Identify and refine requirements for the billing system.


Developing plans to achieve goals.
Plan the quality improvement program.


Developing and agreeing to schedules.
Develop a schedule for the Bridge Construction Phase II project.

Problem Solving

Working on a solution to a current problem.
Develop a solution for the session management problem documented in incident ticket 67591.

Risk Management

Identifying and managing potential future problems. This includes identification, analysis and treatment of risk.
Identify a list of risks for the sales force automation upgrade project.

Decision Making

Making and accepting a decision.
Decide if we should replace low performing suppliers.


A session to design something as a team. Long meetings that produce a design are commonly known as a charrette.
Design the lid for our new cookware product line.

Work Products

Producing work as a team. In many cases, work is produced as an individual as this is considered more productive and creative. However, some teams perform certain types of knowledge work as a group.
Develop an improved quote-to-cash process.


Sessions to review the quality of work to identify improvements and seek agreement that the work has been done.
Review and approve the redesigned quote-to-cash process.

Relationship Building

Meetings designed to build relationships. These include team building exercises and meetings with internal and external stakeholders such as customers, suppliers and regulators. For example, a meeting with a partner may have a high level goal to explore potential commercial agreements.
Introduce our outsourcing services.


Sales meetings typically have goals to pitch products, explore customer needs or negotiate.
Identify your high level requirements for a billing system.


Transferring knowledge such as a training or information session.
Communicate an overview of the network infrastructure at the new data center.


The following are common types of meeting goals:


Meeting goals outside target outcomes and results for a meeting.


There is no need for meeting goals to be measurable. Generally speaking, you measure your business not your conversations.
Meeting goals are also known as meeting objectives
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