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Digital Tools to Make Your Next Meeting More Productive

This spring, I wrote about how the right digital tools can help you work more efficiently before, during, and after a meeting. Let’s look more closely at how to use the tools <i>during</i> your meeting to better lead the conversation.<p>For an example, I’ll use the Second Continental Congress, one of the …

Productivity

This Hilarious TED Talk Demonstrates Every Bad Meeting You've Ever Attended

Ever sat through one of these? Here's what to do next time you get a meeting invite.<p>You've just come into work. As you're getting set up for the day, a co-worker comes in and proceeds to walk out with your chair, without saying a word. No comments on why he needs it, or if and when he's going to …

TED Talks

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Death by Meeting

• <b>Author:</b> Patrick M. Lencioni<p><i>Casey McDaniel had never been so nervous in his life.</i><i><br>In just ten minutes, The Meeting, as it would forever be known, would begin. Casey had every reason to believe that his performance over the next two hours would determine the fate of his career, his financial future,</i> …

The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in …

Time Management

Why You Should Say No to Monday Meetings

Want more productivity? Start your week with planning, strategizing, and executing some action before attending meetings.<p>Mondays aren't usually the favorite day of the week for nine-to-fivers. How can we make them a little better? Certainly not by scheduling a meeting. Or worse, the meeting to talk …

Time Management

How Meetings Differ, from Stockholm to New Delhi

It was a cold December morning in Stockholm and I stomped my feet briskly while waiting for the bus. When the bus pulled up the woman closest to the door hurried on and I stepped forward happy to follow her. Although I had been oblivious to the loose queue my fellow passengers had formed, I could …

India

3 Ways Steve Jobs Made His Meetings Extremely Productive

Steve Jobs made sure that Apple wasn’t one of those companies.<p>Here are three ways the iconic CEO made meetings super productive.<p><b>1. He kept meetings</b> …

Barack Obama

These 5 Mistakes Make Meetings a Huge Time Waste

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Meetings can be some of the most rewarding, collaborative parts of your workday. They can also be some of the biggest wastes of time. As an entrepreneur, you’ll be deciding when to have meetings (and you’ll be directing them), …

Management

Sick of meetings? Ditch them

Stuck in back to back meetings? Here'show to ditch them and just get on with your job.<p>It slowly dawned on Ian Hughes that at least half of the meetings he attended were a waste of time. So he rewrote the rules.<p>Now, if someone schedules a meeting at his research company, Consumer Intelligence, they …

Estimate the Cost of a Meeting with This Calculator

Stuck in an unproductive meeting — again? Everyone agrees that meetings can be a waste of time, but they’re actually a waste of money, too. How much? In a study of time budgeting at large corporations, Bain & Company found that a single weekly meeting of midlevel managers was costing one …

Android News

Meetings Waste Money, And Now You Can Calculate Just How Much

Use this in your pitch to remove a useless meeting from your schedule.<p>It’s well known that companies waste a lot of time and money organizing and having meetings. We waste time endlessly emailing to find time-slots that suit everybody. We waste time waiting for everyone to arrive. We waste time …

Facebook's HR chief has a simple technique for making meetings more effective

Most of us regularly attend slow, boring meetings that feel like a waste of time. We pretend to listen, thank the speaker before running out of the room, and don't say anything for fear of offending the boss.<p>Nobody benefits from that behavior, but it can easily be changed by adopting the practice …

A Facebook cofounder's productivity startup recommends 5 ways to dramatically improve your meetings

Around 140,000 companies worldwide — including Uber, Disney, and Major League Baseball — use Asana's team-organizing software, and Moskovitz and Rosenstein are constantly experimenting with productivity strategies.<p>This year, Asana is gathering its best practices to share with the public, and it …

The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings

Five years ago, after becoming frustrated with my fruitless tendency to juggle multiple activities at once, I tried an experiment: for one week, I would not multitask and see what happened.<p>The experiment changed everything for the better. My relationships improved, my stress dissolved, and my …

Productivity

The Simple Thing That Can Totally Transform Time-Suck Meetings

You probably spend nearly half your workweek in meetings, and most of them have no agenda. Here’s seven steps to make them less painful.<p>Meetings are like burpees: They drain your energy and nobody likes them. About 40% of the average workweek is spent in meetings, and more than half of participants …

Time Management

13 Tips for Powerful Engagement in Every Meeting

And you will build extraordinary relationships as a result.<p>Are we losing the ability to connect when we are in face-to-face situations? Are we turning up distracted, thinking about everyone and everything else except the person sitting across the table from us? From my experience in life, I would …

Self-help

11 Unusual Strategies to Boost Engagement in Team Meetings

It's time to rethink your associations with the term "meeting."<p>Not all meetings are created equal -- nor should they be treated that way. The less tense the mood, the more productive it will be: encouraging everyone to open up and be their most authentic selves is a surefire way to get those …

Entrepreneurship

Two Items That Aren’t On Your Meeting Agenda, But Should Be

A study of effective meetings finds that social time isn’t wasted time, and asking what worked will quickly make things work better.<p>In this era of frequent testing, schools get a dizzying quantity of data about their students. Figuring out what to do with it, though, is more complicated than …

Time Management

A former McKinsey partner shares 7 steps to having productive meetings you won't dread

Even worse, you may be resigned to the idea that all meetings are bad in their own way, and it's your duty to simply tolerate them as the clock ticks on.<p>"'Meeting' has somehow become a dirty word; when we hear someone say 'I had a day full of meetings,' we feel pity rather than envy," Caroline Webb …

7 Critical Ways Productive People Prepare for Meetings

People hate meetings that waste time. Use these tips to be a time saver, not a time stealer.<p>Everyone hates long meetings that are unorganized. These days, people are busy enough with their regular work so when meetings are bad, they get mad.<p>Most meetings suck because people are unprepared. They …

Time Management

6 Great Reasons to Stop Having Meetings

Here is how to decide whether that next meeting might be a total time-suck.<p>Recognize this scene? It's Monday morning. Half the team wanders in late to the conference room for your weekly team meeting. Some people are gulping coffee to stay awake or sneaking glances at their phones. Many are doing …

Time Management

A Step-by-Step Guide to Structuring Better Meetings

From The New York Public Library<p>I am frequently flummoxed by the complete misalignment between a team’s mandate and the agenda for their meetings. My favorite example was a Corporate Affairs team that had an ambitious agenda to work collaboratively to transform the perception of the organization …

Management

If You Can’t Say What Your Meeting Will Accomplish, You Shouldn’t Have It

How many times have you walked out of a theoretically important meeting—a leadership offsite, a C-suite pow-wow, a sit-down with the board—thinking, <i>That was a great discussion, but I’m not sure we really accomplished anything</i>? More often than not, the problem lies not in what did or didn’t happen …

Management

What Everyone Should Know About Running Virtual Meetings

According to the new 2015 Work-Life Fit survey, nine out of 10 U.S. employees believe that their boss trusts them to get their work done – regardless of where or when.<p>It’s yet another indicator that the perpetual (and decades long) conversation about the flexible work environment has finally …

Keeping Meetings on Track When You’re Not in Charge

Meetings frustrate everyone. There are too many of them, they take too much time, and not enough gets done during and after.<p>It’s easy to blame this on others – the higher-ups who invite us, arrange the agendas, and chair the meetings. We just show up, make our presentations, and try to sound …

Management

7 Ways to Stop a Meeting from Dragging On

A few years ago, when I got a speeding ticket, I was offered the option of attending traffic school in lieu of a black mark on my otherwise spotless driving record. I showed up at City Hall promptly at 6 PM, hoping my educational experience would end at the advertised 8:30 PM. The instructor was 25 …

City Halls

The Simple Tool That Will Change the Way You View Meetings Forever

How much are meetings costing your business?<p>Bad meetings.<p>We've all experienced them at one time or another. Whether it's a series of unending discussions or knowing that you have nothing to contribute, there's nothing worse than wasting time in a meeting you shouldn't be in, while your real work …

meetings

Don’t Wait Until After the Meeting to Start Your Action Items

Julie was expecting Bruce to arrive at her office in five minutes. He would no doubt want input on the draft memo he’d sent yesterday—only she’d hadn’t found time to read it yet. She knew he also wanted to discuss partnering with a new research group that colleagues had already used, but their …

Management

25 Ways to Become an Instant Pro at Leading Meetings

Respect your team's time and give people the tools to generate ideas effectively.<p>Whether you're the top of the professional food chain or an employee running your first meeting, it's important to own the meeting. This will let everyone knows who's in charge and who they can turn to with questions …

Leadership