How much of your time do you spend in meetings? Probably too much. Many organizations can cut their meetings 75-90% without missing a beat. Here are four key actions to reducing the number of meetings: First, meetings should never be about sharing information because there are better ways to efficiently share information. They should be about results such as making decisions, improvements, and changes. Second, since you’re there to get something done, everyone should be fully present, so turn off the phones, tablets and computers. Third, set a specific time frame. Meetings shouldn’t go on and on. Set an endpoint and run the meeting to achieve the agenda. Fourth, running a productive meeting is a discipline and a skill, it can be learned. Make sure the people who run your meetings all are trained in how to do it effectively. For more meeting tips, send me an email requesting my article on reducing meetings.
Bob Legge works with companies to improve individual and organizational performance. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, non-profits, education and government. To find out more, contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (585) 305-7853. Bob’s website is www.boblegge.com.