Have you ever thought about how much time you spend per week in meetings?
The answer might surprise you. According to an article from The Muse, a website dedicated to work and careers, the average manager spends 35% of their time a week in meetings.
How can we make sure that time in meetings is not wasted?
Ask Why: Before having a meeting, you should ask yourself: Why are we having this meeting? What is our goal? What are we trying to accomplish?
Set an Agenda: A simple agenda with a list of bullet points will help keep you and the rest of the meeting participants on track.
Set a Time Limit: Announcing and sticking to a meeting time limit will help keep the conversation from getting off course. You could also list how many minutes you will spend on each topic.
Create a ‘Parking Lot’ List: Ideas come up in meetings that might not pertain to the discussion, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth discussing at a later date. Develop a “parking lot” list of ideas of things to discuss at a future meeting.
Summarize the Goals: It’s beneficial to end the meeting with a summary of the goals or what tasks should be accomplished in the future. Everyone in the meeting should leave knowing clear and concise goals.
For more tips on running an effective meeting, see the latest Digital Byte on “Meeting Tips.” You can also read the following articles for additional information.