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By Howie Jones  /  February 27, 2024

Stop the Meeting Madness: 19 Ways to Make Your Meetings Matter

Meetings

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

Stop the Meeting Madness: 19 Ways to Make Your Meetings Matter

Each of us has been there at some point in our lives. We’re stuck in what seems to be an endless, pointless meeting, fidgeting in our seats, wondering what could be done with the time instead. In reality, most meetings don’t achieve their full potential, leaving participants exhausted and frustrated. Further, a meta-analysis of over […]

How to Have Shorter, More Focused Meetings

Meetings

Friday, November 10th, 2023

How to Have Shorter, More Focused Meetings

Despite being an essential part of work life, meetings can also be time-consuming. In fact, Atlassian found that employees spend 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings. That’s a lot of time that isn’t being utilized for productive purposes. No wonder meetings are often described as the number one productivity killer. However, if you are […]

You’ll Have the Most Impact by Prioritizing Your Appointments

Meetings

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

You’ll Have the Most Impact by Prioritizing Your Appointments

When it comes to appointments, I adhere to one rule and one rule only. Always schedule your meetings with employees, customers, prospects, partners, and other business associates ahead of time. The main reason? It gives you plenty of time to plan accordingly and the people you’re meeting. An appointment also ensures everyone has prevents hiccups […]

17 Ways to Make Meetings More Productive

Business Tips, Meetings

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

17 Ways to Make Meetings More Productive

Regardless of the size of your business, meetings are essential. And, when done correctly, are critical to setting up your organization for success. But, when not, they’re annoying and destructive to your team’s overall productivity. Stop wasting you and your team’s time with these 17 ways to make meetings more productive To make sure that […]

Dread Meetings? How to Create Team-Led Accountability

Meetings, Productivity

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Dread Meetings? How to Create Team-Led Accountability

Let’s not sugarcoat this. Meetings suck your time, your energy, and occasionally your soul. Meetings waste your team’s focus, they’re boring, and they’re the leading cause of death in office productivity. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the number of meetings within your organization. But, if you dread meetings, how can […]

How to Take Meeting Minutes

Meetings

Monday, July 29th, 2019

How to Take Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes, or mom (minutes of meetings), is an essential aspect of any successful meeting. While they do provide a written record of what was discussed, meeting minutes are crucial for many reasons. Employees can reference them to be reminded who is responsible for what when it’s due, and the expectations. Minutes can be shared […]

How to Run a Meeting

Meetings

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

How to Run a Meeting

Meetings are an essential part of every organization. After all, they allow everyone to share and discuss any concerns or problems, as well as possible solutions. Meetings also keep everyone in the organization informed, provides training opportunities, and promotes collaboration. However, when not run properly, they can take a significant toll on you and your […]

Can Some Meetings Really Be Replaced With an Email?

Business Tips

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Can Some Meetings Really Be Replaced With an Email?

I’ve seen quite a few memes floating around on social media about how most meetings can be replaced with a simple email. This point of view often comes from people who are bored, tired, and don’t get much value from the meetings they attend. I’ll admit, email can be a pretty efficient way to communicate […]

How to Run Effective Meetings

Meetings

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

How to Run Effective Meetings

While necessary, meetings can be a real drag. They’re unproductive and ineffective, as well as huge wastes of time. We have a bad habit of calling a meeting when an email would suffice. When you want to run effective meetings, this shouldn’t happen. We let tangents take our meetings an hour past there end time. […]

10 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Effective

Meetings

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

10 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Effective

Like it or not, you will have to attend meetings throughout your professional career. There’s actually a reason why. Meetings can help you work toward a specific solution, resolve conflicts, and keep your time on the same page. At the same time, they’re huge time wasters and loathed by most people. However, if you use […]

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