Jane writes: ‘How often do you say, or hear others say, that there just isn’t enough time to do everything that needs to be done? Recent research suggests that time wasted at meetings could equate to 13 million hours a week. Just think about how that time could be used more effectively? Maybe more effective meetings, and less of them, would help.
We encourage clients to think about these questions:
- What is the meeting for? What are the required outcomes? Does everyone know this?
- Who really needs to be there? Why?
- What needs to be clear as the meeting starts?
- How is unhelpful behaviour managed?
- What is important as a meeting closes?
And there are more. We run effective meetings (and train others to run them) using the CLEAR model. Ask us how we do it.’
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Recent research from Epson and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that one in five senior managers and directors spend over 10 hours a week in meetings. Our experience is that this is an underestimate. We agree with Daniel Solomon of CBR who says “It is vital that UK businesses address their policies on meetings and consider ways that these could be more effective”.