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Jason Fried – Why work doesn't happen at work

I don’t know how many times I have heard the phrase about meetings …

“Yep, we are in a meeting talking about things we should be doing, but can’t, cause we are in meetings talking about it!”

I wholeheartedly agree with cutting down meeting time. Or, at the very least get your meetings on track.

Top 5 Tips

  1. Set an agenda – send it out prior to the meeting. Also define a purpose.
  2. Send out meeting docs – to be read – before the meeting.
  3. Stick to a time-table (Start at X o’clock, XY+Z Topics take X minutes apiece) Make the meetings productive, predictable and as short as possible.
  4. Designate a meeting facilitator. (Read: Time keeper!)
  5. Set up defined action items to be done as a result of the meeting

Oh and #6 (an add-on) “Is this meeting really necessary – could I cover it off in a phone call, an email, a conference call (God forbid) or walking to my colleagues desk and having a quick discussion?”

Meetings are a necessary evil, but like all things moderation (pun intended) is the key!

3 Comments

  1. Nano Excel Corporation Ltd
    Nano Excel Corporation Ltd December 22, 2010

    Most meetings do tend to get obscured in petty details and lead nowhere near to any effective decision making

  2. Imtiaz Hami
    Imtiaz Hami December 30, 2010

    I think preparatory work undertaken before the meeting is most likely to prove fruitful then the actual delibrations during one.

  3. LIC Online Payment
    LIC Online Payment April 29, 2011

    nice,
    I think preparatory work undertaken before the meeting is most likely to prove fruitful then the actual delibrations during one.

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