How many meetings did you go to last week? Or go one better, how many meetings did you go to yesterday? Did it take up more than half your work day? All that meeting can consume your day and if every single one of them starts late, consider how much time your losing to waiting around for something to start. No more!
Scott Berkun of the eponymous Berkun blog has compiled a roster of guidelines for starting meetings on time. These aren’t rocket science, but it’s amazing how few of us practice any of these principles.
Here’s a sampling of Berkun’s advice:
- Get there on time
- Write a bullet list agenda on the wall
- Manage the conversation so no one hogs the floor and the right people get a voice at the right time
- Make sure side issues get delegated out of the room
- Enforce the clock
- Get the executives in the room
- End five minutes early
Start on time (instead of 10 minutes late) and end five minutes early? That’s 15 minutes you’ll gain back from every meeting. Not bad ROI. Click over to Berkun blog for all the details.