Last Updated Mar 27, 2009 10:58 AM EDT
- The Find: If your team is drowning in meetings, Seth Godin has some suggestions for how to signal time in the conference room should be kept to a minimum.
- The Source: The blog of marketing guru and author Seth Godin.
- Understand that all problems are not the same. So why are your meetings? Does every issue deserve an hour? Why is there a default length?
- Schedule meetings in increments of five minutes. Require that the meeting organizer have a truly great reason to need more than four increments of realtime face time.
- Require preparation. Give people things to read or do before the meeting, and if they don't, kick them out.
- Remove all the chairs from the conference room.
- If someone is more than two minutes later than the last person to the meeting, they have to pay a fine of $10 to the coffee fund.
- Bring an egg timer to the meeting. When it goes off, you're done. Not your fault, it's the timer's.
- The organizer of the meeting is required to send a short email summary, with action items, to every attendee within ten minutes of the end of the meeting.
- If you're not adding value to a meeting, leave. You can always read the summary later.
(Image of meeting boredom by [niv], CC 2.0)