Waste less of your time in meetings

Who likes meetings? Somebody must, especially in the nonprofit sector. We’re in meetings all the time.

An often-quoted estimate by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that unnecessary meetings cost the U.S. economy $37 billion a year. Personally, I think that’s a serious underestimate.

If you’d like to lower the number of useless meetings in your life — and decrease the uselessness of those you can’t get rid of, cheuck out this Daily Dose post: Seven Ways to Kill Your Meetings and Unleash Productivity. Here they are:


  1. Have a limited, focused agenda.
  2. Reconsider regularly scheduled meetings.
  3. Cut the attendee list.
  4. Shorten the timeframe.
  5. Use the internet.
  6. Send a memo.
  7. Reinvent your meetings.


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2 responses to “Waste less of your time in meetings”

  1. Our organization just hosted Al Pittampalli, author of The Modern Meeting Manifesto (http://www.bit.ly/readthisbeforeournextmeeting).
    One of his core points is that meetings are not for decision making. Meetings are for conflict or resolution around decisions that should be made with the least # of people necessary outside of meetings.
    The time suck for organizations is from being addicted to informational meetings where it is just dissemination of data/info.
    After embracing some of the prescriptions, we’ve eliminated hundreds of manhours of weekly meeting time — and yet our systems still work.
    Kenny Jahng
    http://www.twitter.com/@kennyjahng

  2. Our organization just hosted Al Pittampalli, author of The Modern Meeting Manifesto (http://www.bit.ly/readthisbeforeournextmeeting).
    One of his core points is that meetings are not for decision making. Meetings are for conflict or resolution around decisions that should be made with the least # of people necessary outside of meetings.
    The time suck for organizations is from being addicted to informational meetings where it is just dissemination of data/info.
    After embracing some of the prescriptions, we’ve eliminated hundreds of manhours of weekly meeting time — and yet our systems still work.
    Kenny Jahng
    http://www.twitter.com/@kennyjahng

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