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If you’re assigned prework for a meeting or training event, how do you approach it?

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Our reader poll today asks: If you’re assigned prework for a meeting or training event, how do you approach it?

  • Rigorously: I do all the prework to the best of my ability: 39%
  • Seriously: I do the work, but I don’t overexert myself: 48%
  • Minimally: I do the bare minimum required of me: 11%
  • I don’t do it: I have enough to do without adding more work to the pile: 2%

Be prepared. Prework is assigned for a reason. Think back to how many meetings or training programs you’ve attended where someone said it was a waste of time and they didn’t get a lot out of it. That perspective could be directly related to the effort they put into pre-work assigned for the event. People running training programs and meetings know your time is precious. Pre-work is a way to accelerate learning and make for a better classroom session or meeting environment. The next time you’re attending an event that requires pre-work, consider the impact of not doing it. While only 13% of you tend to blow it off, you’re forcing that instructor or facilitator to spend extra time getting you caught up in the session or they have to make the decision to leave you behind and focus on the 87% of people who properly prepared. Your actions have a larger impact than just your experience in the session. You — and your colleagues — get out of it what all of you put into it.

Do you agree with these poll results? Let us know in the comments below!

Mike Figliuolo at thoughtLEADERS, LLC

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These results were originally a SmartPulse poll in SmartBrief on Leadership which tracks feedback from more than 240,000 business leaders. Get smarter on leadership and sign up for the SmartBrief on Leadership e-newsletter.

One Response to “If you’re assigned prework for a meeting or training event, how do you approach it?”

  1. Greg Beckman says:

    Mike – I would agree directionally with the results of you poll. I regularly send out pre-work for development. Because of the lack of learning discipline, I have moved pre-work to “actual work”: read the article or though piece during the session, and incorporate discussion immediately.

    Does it work -yes! If your pre-work is institutionalized as “busy”, that is quite a cultural hill to climb.

    All the best – GB

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