A lot of business meetings fall into the trap of discussing topics that are only relevant to two individuals, or a subset of the people of the meeting. Typical examples are status updates, weekly reviews of activity, or side conversations.

These can be extremely annoying and frustrating for the participants and represent a significant waste of time. A ten minute  side conversation, often between the boss and one individual, can waste two hours of participants’ time (in a meeting of 12 people).

"Not all discussions need a meeting"


As part of our 20th birthday ‘Better Meetings campaign’, we are offering a free series of tips to help you cut out unnecessary meetings and improve the quality of what remains. One of the biggest opportunities is to cut out unnecessary topics that were not relevant to all participants.

Over 4,000 participants in our virtual teams survey of told was that they spend an average of two days per week in meetings, and that 50% of the content is irrelevant. The better meetings campaign will give you tools, tips and ideas on how to cut out a lot of this boring and unnecessary work.

We are also running a Better Meetings survey, you can take it here: Better Meetings Survey and find out how you compare with other organizations.

When you join the campaign, you will receive a series of six free weekly booklets that contain tips, ideas and actions to enable you to run fewer, better face to face and virtual meetings: Join the Better Meetings Campaign.

About the author:

Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

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