Tips for getting the most out of meetings – quickly – so you can get back to work.
I can’t think of anyone who really likes meetings, except for those annoying folks who like to sound off in front on an audience. Plus, do we really NEED those donuts?
One reason many meetings are horrible: half of the participants aren’t fully “there.” Someone is texting to figure out car pooling their kids to soccer practice. Someone else is checking email. People are horrible multitaskers (and even your multifunction printer only prints one job at a time). Take a hint from your copier – perform many tasks, but only perform one task at a time. To get the most of meetings, this is an important idea to take and use – focus on the meeting.
Donuts or not, you do have to meet with the people you work with, at least once in a while, to be sure you’re all pointed in the right direction. When you do have to meet, make the meeting as efficient as possible.