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meetings1One, if not the singular most common time complaint by staff of any organization, large or small, is that of incessant, mind-numbing meetings.

Jessica Stillman of BNET has some great recommendation by Seth Godin on managing this beast.

  • Understand that all problems are not the same. So why are your meetings? Does every issue deserve an hour? Why is there a default length?
  • Schedule meetings in increments of five minutes. Require that the meeting organizer have a truly great reason to need more than four increments of realtime face time.
  • Require preparation. Give people things to read or do before the meeting, and if they don’t, kick them out.
  • Remove all the chairs from the conference room.
  • If someone is more than two minutes later than the last person to the meeting, they have to pay a fine of $10 to the coffee fund.
  • Bring an egg timer to the meeting. When it goes off, you’re done. Not your fault, it’s the timer’s.
  • The organizer of the meeting is required to send a short email summary, with action items, to every attendee within ten minutes of the end of the meeting.
  • Create a public space (either a big piece of poster board or a simple online page) that allows attendees to rate meetings and their organizers on a scale of 1 to 5 in terms of usefulness.
  • If you’re not adding value to a meeting, leave. You can always read the summary later.

You can find the BNET post: here.

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