Invite only participants who can contribute. Too many participants dilutes discussion and makes people wonder why they’re there.
See also Stupid Meeting Tricks Meetings can be torture. The average worker spends 5.6 hours every week in meetings, yet 71% of participants say it’s pretty much a waste of time, according to a Microsoft survey. Meetings themselves are not the problem, however; it’s the folks running the meetings. That’s the theme of "Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings" (Wiley/available now), a book by Jon Petz. This breezy examination of the root causes of truly awful meetings offers easy-to-follow best practices for running get-togethers in which things actually get accomplished – and that don’t drag on forever. Too many poorly planned meetings “suck the life out of business, government and non-profit organizations,” Petz writers. “A great meeting can provide great value, especially when great value has been designed into it.” Petz is something of a meeting professional – he’s made presentations on the topic for clients including Accenture, AT&T, the U.S. Air Force, and Nationwide. For more about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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