And here’s where that Google commercial is spot on. Instead of instinctively tabling discussions to deal with an issue that requires input from the group, or from certain team members, why not use this meeting to come up with an answer? Granted, there are times when this can’t be done, but too often, the impulse at meetings is to put off making important decisions.
Finally, here’s another tip.
Try limiting meetings to an hour. A former colleague once told me that people start losing interest after an hour – no matter how interesting the discussion. I think there’s a lot of truth in that. Well-run meetings will rarely exceed an hour. And if there are more agenda items to discuss after that one hour, why not take a break before reconvening.
As someone with a mild case of technophobia, I find interacting with colleagues incredibly useful. Besides building camaraderie, I am convinced that a meeting is the setting where the most important decisions for a company take place.
With that in mind, let’s resist the urge to use meetings as a cover to appear busy or to use the entire meeting to recap last night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory. Let’s leave that for Happy Hour.
About the author
Israel is a Senior Writer for Opportunity Lives. Most recently he was Vice President for Media Relations and Multicultural Affairs at Crisp Communications, LLC - a full service advocacy, communications and events services firm. Prior to Crisp Communications, Israel worked for The Heritage Foundation - a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C. Israel has appeared on Univision, FOX News and NBC’s Meet the Press. Israel lives in Washngton, DC with his wife, Josie, and two daughters, Mary Tobin (3) and Inez (1). You can follow him on Twitter: @IzzyOrtegaWebsite