No one likes to sit through boring and unnecessarily long meetings. Here are three somewhat extreme ways to keep meetings short and to the point:
* Keep everyone standing. It’s one thing to sit through a long meeting, it’s another to stand. Without chairs, people will likely focus on the topic at hand and keep their points precise and relevant.
* Schedule 30-minute meetings. We default to hour-long meetings because that is what Outlook tells us to. Challenge your team to cut to the chase, solve the problem, and get out of the room in 30 minutes. Or less!
* Ban distractions. Ask everyone to leave their BlackBerrys and iPhones at the door. If the meeting is kept short, it won’t matter if they’re out of touch for a little while.
Adapted from “Extreme Ways to Shorten and Reduce Meetings” by Gina Trapani.