Kicking off meetings can be awkward — there might be chit-chat among colleagues about totally irrelevant topics since they’re all finally in the same space, and there are almost always stragglers and those who forget to call in well past the five-minute grace period. Somebody will probably forget to read the meeting agenda, someone will sit down anxiously in a rush back out there door and someone else will likely forget their notepad.

Even after the meeting finally commences, nine out of 10 people will daydream during it and 73 percent of people will work on other things during it.

That’s why Oprah Winfrey kicks off every meeting with the same three questions to get everyone engaged and to set clear intentions: “What is our intention for this meeting? What’s important? What matters?”

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