Badly Run meetings are the single largest waste of time
“A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted.”
- Captain James T.Kirk
Most people groan about bad meetings. You know the ones that:
- Start late,
- Take up too much time,
- Accomplish very little and,
- Involve people discussing things that aren't even on the agenda.
But meetings still serve a valuable purpose
... in communication, discussion and decision making. Therefore if you can't stop having meetings then get better at them. Use this checklist to evaluate the current state of your meetings to find out how you can make them more efficient.
Meeting Time is the Most Expensive Time
Research shows that on average around 50% of meeting time is unproductive. Many managers spend around half of their time in meetings so this means on average one quarter of every week is wasted due to ineffective meetings. If you can run an effective meetings protocol and eliminate just half of this waste you will be savings yourself over 10% of each and every working week. When you add up the cost of all the attendees and the venue you will quickly realize that any meeting time that you can save is very valuable.
With such a good return on investment can you afford not to start running Meetings That Matter?
Running Meetings That Matter to save time and get things done is a fundamental manager skill. The other key skills that make up the Management Foundations are: