What Is the Difference Between Formal and Informal Meetings?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:24:36 PM ET

From work and school to volunteer organizations and party planning committees, meetings play a crucial role in decision making. Understanding the tone and purpose of a meeting is important for anybody planning to attend. Knowing the difference between a formal and informal meeting prevents an attendee from showing up in the wrong outfit or with inappropriate goals. How can you tell which meetings are formal and informal? Many factors provide clues and context.