Our webinar Nobody Really Hates Meetings on June 25 at 2 pm Eastern will show you how to create meetings people want to attend. It’s free, but virtual seats are limited. So sign up today!
Check out Dick & Emily Axelrod’s book Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done. The title says it all!
Seriously. Nobody hates meetings per se.
People hate meetings because they go on too long and there are too many of them. But how long is “too long”? How many is “too many”?
We’ve worked with clients whose risk management and HR teams were meeting for two hours every day when COVID-19 first hit. Those participants may have felt overwhelmed on many levels, but they didn’t think the meetings were too long. They knew they were actively engaged in dealing with a crisis.
Meetings feel “too long” when they:
Bottom line: If participants know what they’re doing here and are engaged in solving problems and making decisions, they won’t feel the meeting is too long.
How to get there from where you are now is to learn to facilitate meetings on purpose.
If you join us for our webinar Nobody Really Hates Meetings on June 25, you’ll learn to keep meeting participants engaged and working toward a common goal by using the AGES model:
We can’t look at all four in this brief blog, so let’s just take a quick look at spacing.
Creating spacing in a meeting, or series of meetings, is simply a way to help a group to do together what effective decision-makers do individually all the time:
Together with gaining attention, generating connections to the work, and tapping positive emotions, spacing can help you get the most out of meetings, whether virtual or in-person.
For the next meeting you lead: Before you send the meeting invitation, ask yourself two questions:
For the next meeting you attend as a participant, watch for Groundhog Day moments, when the issue everyone thought was decided comes up again.