I bet meetings are a big part of your work life. In his Ted-X-UNC-Charlotte Talk, Steven Rogelberg suggests six ways to make them better.
- Invite the smallest number of participants possible. No spectators or people there just to listen. Attend only the part of the meeting that’s relevant to you.
- Be a good host if you’re the meeting leader. Greet attendees, introduce people who don’t know each other and provide snacks.
- Break out of the one-hour box. The default meeting length of one hour should be shortened if topics can still be adequately covered. Standing meetings, rather than sitting, can also speed things up.
- Switch up the format. Try walking meetings. Research shows they can increase satisfaction and creativity.
- Shake up the agenda.Organize it by questions rather than topics. This can help determine who needs to be in the room…probably, just those who can answer the questions.
- Finally, periodically, ask for feedback to evaluate your meetings.