Call ?Time? on Unproductive Meetings

Tired of sitting through unproductive meetings that consume hours of your life you?ll never get back?

Well you?re not alone. Jeffrey Scott Klubeck found that 91% of professionals who meet on a regular basis have admitted to daydreaming; 73% say they have brought work to meetings; and, 39% have dozed during meetings!

It?s true that a large proportion of meetings are poorly organised but I ask you?who accepts it? Are ?unproductive? meetings simply a result of what we?ve learned to tolerate over a period of time? At what point do we accept that, individually, we each have a role to play in the success of a meeting?

?Bad meetings cause real human anguish in the form of anger, lethargy, cynicism, and even in the form of lower self-esteem? ~ Patrick Lencioni

In my early years as a leader I learned to dislike meetings ? they took me away from my team and I generally felt they were a waste of time. I have since accepted that meetings are necessary to get everyone on the ?same page?, and facilitate discussion, where opinions differ. They?re also a great way to connect with people.

So I made it my responsibility to:

  1. STOP tolerating poorly organised meetings ? I made sure I knew ?
    • Why I had been invited (and was I the most appropriate person to attend)?
    • What was the objective of the meeting?
    • What outcomes were expected?
    • What input/decisions would they need from me (and could I make them)?
  2. Respond with questions (on the above) ?accepting tentatively? while I waited for clarification
  3. Challenge the duration by asking if it could be done in 20 minutes instead of 30 or 45 minutes instead of 60
  4. ?Know my intention?. Would I be?
    • Building stronger connections with stakeholders
    • Understanding what?s important to the meeting organiser to improve how we worked together
    • Learning more about the broader business
    • Noticing how the audience responds (through body language) to the structure and flow of the meeting (what interests them, what puts them to sleep, etc)
    • Observing how people connect with each other and how they might be influenced

Why not make it your responsibility and call ?TIME? on unproductive meetings!

If you need help with this or would like to know more about my?latest program ?Creating Dynamic Leadership? please drop me?an email shelley@shelleyflett.com

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