Did you know…
Most professionals attend a total of 61.8 meetings per month(1) and research indicates that over 50 percent of this meeting time is wasted.(2)
1. A network MCI Conferencing White Paper. Meetings in America: A study of trends, costs and attitudes toward business travel, teleconferencing, and their impact on productivity (Greenwich, CT: INFOCOMM, 1998),
2. Robert B. Nelson and Peter Economy, Better Business Meetings
(Burr Ridge, IL: Irwin Inc, 1995)
Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
In my observations among clients and workshop participants, I would guess that the numbers mentioned above have grown significantly in the last decade. In my GO System workshops, the one thing that I hear over and over again (especially among professionals in the Human Resources and Medical professions) is how to manage their meeting load and still get work done during the day. Sadly, many of you find yourself taking work home – in your meeting free zone. Unfortunately, unless you are willing to change your meeting habits, there is little that I can suggest. However, if you are willing to consider some changes then please read the Productivity Tip section of this newsletter for ideas that you can implement immediately.
Effective meetings is such a broad topic that my next newsletter will again focus on meetings – including tips and free resources for conducting more effective meetings. Be sure to watch for it!
Those may sound like impossible suggestions but as I mentioned previously, unless you are willing to change your meeting habits, there is no real solution for increasing your productivity. At least try one of the above changes for one month and see what happens! And if you do, be sure and keep me posted on the results!
A Thought to Ponder
“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.”
~ John Kenneth Galbraith
(Please note, I looked for positive quotes about meetings and found none!)