Meetings don't have to be the bane of the workday existence. Try scheduling them in 22-minute blocks to get more out of them and spend less time hating them.
Photo by brianpobuda.
Blogger Scott Berkun recommends latching onto Nicole Steinbok's 22-minute meeting idea as a good metric for sticking to agendas and keeping meetings from becoming a time-sink.
Of course, even abbreviated meetings won't work if you don't make good use of the time. Do not, for example, show up at a meeting with a batch of handouts for everyone to dig into.
Send required readings 3 days beforehand – The burden is on the organizer to make this small enough that people actually do it. Never ever allow a meeting to be "lets all read the documents together and penalize anyone diligent enough to do their homework". (note: I think 24 hours is plenty).
Of course, there may be times when 22 minutes is just not enough time to get things done. The vast majority of meetings, though, could probably be blasted through in even less time.
How do you keep your meetings from spiralling into three-hour marathons? Share your hard-earned tactics in the comments.
The 22 minute meeting [ScottBerkun.com]