Category Archives: Conduct Productive Meetings

The majority of workers cite meetings as the most frustrating and unproductive part of their week. And it’s no wonder since many meetings really aren’t necessary and serve as time-wasting formalities. Joel Garfinkle, who has written dozens of articles on leadership communication, tells you how you can make the most of meetings.

Make Your Meetings More Productive

No one says it more eloquently than nationally syndicated columnist Dave Barry:

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved and never will achieve its full potential that word would be ‘meetings’.”

It’s tough to argue with him. If you’re like most managers, you’ll spend 8 to 10 hours each week in meetings. In fact, according to a University of Arizona study, there are more than 11 million formal meetings each day, totaling a staggering three billion a year.

Yet in study after study, workers cite meetings as one of the most unproductive and frustrating parts of their jobs. Wasting almost $40-billion each year, it’s no wonder that Industry Week Magazine called meetings “The Great White Collar Crime.” But you don’t have to be a victim.

Listed below are seven simple steps you can take to make meetings more productive and, … Continue reading Make Your Meetings More Productive

Just Say No… to Meetings

A client told me how frustrating it is to attend meetings all day. He can’t get any of his work done and it’s basically impossible to have any semblance of a healthy work-life balance. Unfortunately, the amount of time you spend in meetings increases as you advance within the organization. Anyone at the director level knows that they are gone often from 9 to 5 just attending meetings. They barely have time to check email or voice mail. Attending to their important projects becomes almost impossible unless they work longer and later hours.

Many companies have a meeting-driven culture. It’s an opportunity to connect, chat or just catch-up. Often times, the meeting wasn’t actually needed at all or you just don’t need to attend.

You can’t change the culture. The meetings will always be there, but your time will not. So how to we deal with a meeting-dominated work … Continue reading Just Say No… to Meetings