Apparently, meetings take up about 15% of a typical organization’s time (citation)
Also, iturns out that 91% of meeting-goers day-dream, 39% of people fall asleep in meetings, 73% of people do other work while in meetings, 41% of people complain that meetings are a waste of time, and 96% of people skip meetings altogether.
In total, the current estimate is about $37 Billion (with a “B”) of salary expenses are wasted on meetings in the U.S.
2 Minute Action:
The next time you have a meeting and aren’t sure if it wilL be useful, run through these questions real quick. This is your litmus test for productive meetings:
What would happen if you didn’t have the meeting? Would it impede progress?
Could the meeting really be an email or a Skype meeting instead?
If you have to have a meeting, can you do it in a room with no chairs?
What’s the purpose of the meeting?
Pick one of the following, and you can only pick one. If it’s more than one, skip the meeting.
• Inform people about the project
• Learn opinions or facts that will help you achieve a success
• Discuss the project and gain input from interested parties
• Pitch or approve the idea for the project
After the meeting, how will you know it was a success?