Many managers may feel as if their meetings have devolved into an opportunity for employees to space out or doodle. But how do you run a better meeting?
Video-communication company Blue Jeans Network offers these four tips to keep your meetings efficient and effective:
- Write out an agenda. It keeps the meeting focused.
- Kick off the meeting on time. Five minutes here and there stalling for late employees add up.
- Document topics covered and decisions made. Assign somebody to take meeting minutes for the group.
- Schedule meetings in off-peak times. There is a 20 percent decline in meetings from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. when people eat. Try a lunchtime meeting. Serving food is sure to reel them in.
In a report released today, the Mountain View, Calif.-based firm examines data from more than a million meetings hosted in 177 countries with its software. Consider the infographic below summarizing meeting habits in the U.S.
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