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What is an Agenda?

The agenda is the version of the meeting plan shared with meeting attendees. A meeting agenda may include a list of topics to discuss, a sequence of planned activities, or both. The simplest agendas are formatted as a short bulleted list. More complicated agendas may include detailed topic descriptions, including the expected outcomes for each item and reference material, such as reports and proposals for review prior to the meeting. Formal agendas will also include timing and presenter information for each agenda item.

Meeting designers and facilitators often create a more detailed meeting plan (or facilitator's guide) that includes process notes, activity descriptions, and timing prompts in addition to the meeting agenda.

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