There are buttons that read, “I survived another meeting that should have been an email!” There is no need to hold a meeting if you can handle the issue with a phone call, email, or talking to a few people one-to-one.
When setting up or attending a meeting, do you ask yourself: Is this meeting necessary?
Of course we need meetings for some purposes, but we always want to be on the lookout for how meetings could be
- Held less often (every two weeks rather than every week) or not at all
When inviting someone to a meeting, ask yourself: Is this the most important thing this person could be doing right now? Think of what people could be doing instead of attending meetings:
- Working on important projects
- Developing their employees
- Serving customers
If we save just 1 hour a day at the end of a year we have a month and a half of 40 hour work weeks! If your people spent less time in meetings, what could they be doing to move your organization forward?
Have you ever been in a meeting where someone talked too much or got the discussion off-track? Of course you have; we all have! One of many key take-aways in Meetings Over Easy! workshops are critical strategies on keeping the group focused on the task and dealing effectively with people who go off-track or talk too long.