As my good friend, Linda Holden, says, “Don’t spend $1,000 to solve a $100 problem.” Too many of us spend time meeting, meeting, meeting…often just for the sake of meeting. In effect, we’re spending that $1,000 to solve a $100 problem.
Here are five ways to avoid death by meeting.
Five Ways to Conduct More Valuable Meetings
- Avoid standard status meetings (weekly, etc.) unless they are really needed. Only meet if there is a concrete reason to meet.
- Start and end on time. Do youreward stragglers by waiting for them, while punishing the punctual for being on time?
- Create an importance-based agenda. Discuss items of greatest relevance first.
- Be sure everyone knows his/her responsibilities. This goes for the meeting itself as well as the follow up.
- Try a stand-up meeting. It’s amazing how much time you will save if everyone is standing rather than lounging in a comfortable conference room chair. Give it a try. You can get a one-hour meeting down to ten minutes!