People say we have too many meetings.
As someone who has participated in thousands of corporate meetings over the past 30+ years, I have a slightly different view. I believe we don’t have nearly enough good meetings…productive meetings. We need more of those.
What we have is too many ineffective, worthless, what-the-hell-was-the-point-of-that meetings.
This can help you avoid wasting a perfectly good meeting:
1) Do we have absolute clarity about where we want this organization to go? If not, you’d better have some meetings to get that clarity, or ALL of your meetings will be a waste of time
2) Do we have equally absolute clarity on how this meeting will help us get there? If not, don’t have the meeting until you do have that clarity.
3) Does every element of the meeting contribute to the accomplishment of our stated goal for the meeting? If not, eliminate the parts that don’t contribute.
4) Are we lapsing into just filling time slots with speakers or sessions because we decided in advance that the meeting would go from 8:00AM to 4:00PM?
5) Are we arbitrarily giving every speaker one hour? Why? Would some speakers be more effective with 20 minutes and others with 120 minutes
6) Are we asking attendees to sit like stumps and be bombarded by speeches and lectures all day
7) Are we creating actual thought, engagement, discussion, and participation
8) Are our speakers reading Powerpoint presentations to the attendees? If so, why have the meeting? Just email everyone the Powerpoint presentations.
Have more great meetings. Stop having wasted time meetings.
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