One of the tactics I’m a fan of is putting together a one page outline as a basis for a conversation or partnership. The general idea is to just jot down ideas in a bulleted, outline format so that one or more parties are prepared for a discussion, and to use it as a basis for future discussions and accountability. Of course I use Google Docs, making it is easy for everyone to work from the same content and centralize changes.
Some benefits of the one page outline:
- Forces the people involved to think through ideas in advance of the conversation
- Easy to change and update — bullet points are more manageable when compared to paragraphs
- Requires everything to be less than a page making for a more focused conversation
One page outlines work for me and I recommend them.