Keep Meetings On Track By Standing

Office meetings can drag on for far too long. Our own Gina Trapani has some "extreme" ways to keep them short and on track.

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Gina writes that one way to avoid unproductive meetings is to keep everyone standing. If you're seated and comfortable, you're more likely to allow a meeting to linger on than if your feet start to hurt because you've been upright. Blogger John Trosko instituted "stand-up" meetings at his company and found the method to be both more efficient and faster.

Instead of sitting at a traditional conference table, we took the chairs out of the room and ran meetings while standing on our feet. Well, the length of the meetings DRASTICALLY dropped, because people didn't want to stand for long. Meetings went from 30-60 minutes to roughly 1/2 of that while still delivering meaty content.

Check out the full post for other ways to shorten a meeting, then chime in with your own methods in the comments.

Extreme Ways to Shorten and Reduce Meetings [Harvard Business Blog]


    Write up the meeting's agenda on a whiteboard and refer to it regularly during that meeting -
    "OK, so we've covered ABC, let's move on to XYZ and then I think we're there, unless anyone has anything else we need to discuss?"

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