We can waste upwards of 30 hours a month in meetings, so this week the girls discuss ways to cut back on the useless ones.
If you work in the corporate world, you probably have to attend a lot of meetings and don’t get really get to push back against the fact that most meetings are a giant waste of time. Those of us who work for ourselves, we do have a bit more control over that, yet we still find ourselves having more meetings than we should.
In this episode Kelly and Carly discuss why they loathe meetings so much, how to do meetings better, what the research says, and how to get out of meetings that don’t really require your presence.
- Try Stand Ups – Set a limit of 5 to 15 minutes and smash out everything you need to talk about. It stops meetings from lasting for hours and forces people to be concise with their ideas.
- Try Walking meetings – You get fresh air, a little bit of sun and exercise, which is a much more conducive environment for brilliance.
- Only have meetings with 2 people at a time.
- If you can say it in an email, do that instead. Always.
- If you work for yourself be extremely wary of meetings. They are time suckers. Also be wary of potential partners who are meeting hounds. People who love meetings tend to love wasting time.
- This week attend only essential meetings.
- If you get called to a meeting and you know you don’t need to be there, send an email saying you won’t be attending but you’d like to receive the minutes of the meeting and you have some ideas to present at another meeting that’s more relevant to you.
- Think outside the box. Maybe just one person from your team can attend the meeting? Maybe it can be structured so the relevant stuff is at the beginning and you can leave early?
- How much time do we spend in meetings? via The Muse
- INFOGRAPHIC: How much time is wasted at work? via The Atlassian