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12 secrets of seriously productive meetings

The only person who enjoys an unproductive meeting is the person presiding over it, and that’s only if their goal is to get nothing done.

So, suffice it to say, one hopes that’s a very, very small number of people in positions of power.

The problem is answering the question of how to make each and every meeting as productive as possible, so your team can get to the task of completing the project, fulfilling the mission or simply doing whatever it is they’re paid to do.

Robert Locke at Lifehack has twelve secrets to make that time count.

1. Time is not the real issue

“Manage your energy, not your time.” – Tony Schwartz

Most people complain that they have not enough time and meetings can rob them of this precious commodity. Another way of looking at it is to simply concentrate on the energy levels you have. Plan in breaks so that productivity levels are kept at the maximum.

2. Make meetings shorter

Setting a time limit of 10 or 15 minutes can really help. Some managers actually get a timer so that it goes off when the meeting is finished. It is no accident that TED talks have a maximum limit of 18 minutes. The reason is that all the research shows that our attention span goes into a progressive decline, if meetings or talks last longer. Studies done at Texas Christian University show that students remember more information after shorter classes.

Full story at Lifehack.

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