Are you on your way to another L.B.M. (long, boring meeting)? Or even worse, are you in one right now while reading this on your Smart Phone? (Woah, that’s kind of rude.) Okay, stay calm. And awake. We’re about to give you some tips to help turn your meeting into “a doing.” Or more like, “Results Fest 2K13.” Woo-hoo!! Who’s engaged now? You are. Sort of.
Rule of 5
Sorry Mr. Associate Vice President to the Managing Supervisor. No more than five people per meeting. If you’re not adding value, we’re subtracting you. If you don’t come prepared and prepped, don’t come. Unless you bring donuts.
Schedule shorter meetings
Most email calendars allow you to schedule meetings in minute-long increments. Use this feature. Please. Every meeting isn’t the same. Every meeting has a different agenda.
You do have an agenda, right boss?
You better. We’ve got work to do—not to mention, a great YouTube video of the next American Idol to watch. So, who’s running the show here? What do we want to accomplish? And after it’s over, who’s going to send out a conference report with next steps? Don’t look at us, Meeting Caller.
If all else fails, entertain yourself
Just print out the scorecard below. And watch the hours fly by.
p.s. We’re hiring!