Planning and Conducting Meetings Effectively, Part I Planning a MeetingHarolds, Jay, MD, FACR, FACNMClinical Nuclear Medicine: December 2011 - Volume 36 - Issue 12 - p 1106–1108 doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e31823654be From The American College of Nuclear Medicine Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Meetings are held by leaders for many purposes, including conveying information, raising morale, asking for opinions, brain storming, making people part of the problem-solving process, building trust, getting to a consensus, and making decisions. However, many meetings waste time, some undermine the leader's power, and some decrease morale. Part I of this series of articles gives some tips on basic planning for decision-making meetings. Part II of this series of articles analyzes selected components of decision-making meetings. Part III of this series will be on how the chairperson keeps decision-making meetings on track to make them efficient and productive. From the Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI. Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared. Reprints: Jay A. Harolds, MD, Division of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Advanced Radiology Services, PC, 3264 North Evergreen Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.