What comes to mind when you think about the meetings you have in your business or organization?
Are they productive, engaging, and helpful?
Or, are they boring, painful, and pointless?
Unfortunately, the answer for many people is the latter. There is plenty of data out there backing up the perspective that meetings are a terrible use of time. For example:
- Managers spend 35 – 50% of their time in meetings
- Employees consider half of their time in meetings to be wasted
- Executives feel 67% of meetings to be failures
The impact of unproductive meetings is considerable. They waste time and resources. They create dread and frustration. They directly affect your ability to get work done.
Bad meeting habits can spread like a virus – moving from one meeting to the next, team to team, and beyond. Here are some signs that your organization may be infected with “meeting-itis”:
- You always start late and/or drag on well past the stated end time.
- You finally get to your agenda after 20 minutes of small talk.
- Everyone is either looking at his or her phones, yawning, staring out the window, or trying to sneak out.
- One person dominates the conversation while others remain silent.
- You never get to the point because you’re missing key background information and data.
- The discussion is halted by failed technology (bad connectivity, dropped calls, broken projector, etc).
- Participants leave more confused about the meeting topic and next steps than they were before they came in.
- You and your colleagues jump for joy every time a meeting is canceled.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms regularly, you need to take action.
Register for this webinar above and start running exceptional meetings immediately after.