Everyone needs to have them, but without a bit of management, meetings can be a major drain on your time and productivity when you run a business. So, what can you do to ensure your meetings improve the way you work, rather than hinder it? Here are five
things to consider that could help you run more effective business meetings.
Mobiles and tablets may be important to use in your business on a daily basis, but they can also be an
unwelcome distraction when it comes to meetings. So if you often find that phones get as much attention as speakers during a meeting, why not
consider banning mobiles altogether? Removing distractions can help you focus your meetings, which should help reduce the overall time you spend in them.
It’s incredibly easy to lose track of time in meetings unless you have a structure in place to keep you and your attendees focused.
This blog from 99U explains how many successful companies set specific time limits for their meetings and incorporate non-negotiable break times at regular, defined intervals to maintain productivity. Check out
these tips from Entrepreneur for keeping your meeting time short, and consider
designating a timekeeper at every meeting to make sure all attendees work towards your time deadline.
If you find that your meetings go on for too long or don’t have a lot of energy, why not try to mix things up by standing up? This blog post explains how software company
ThoughtWorks uses stand-up meetings - rather than traditional sit-down discussions - and explains how they find them so effective for maintaining productivity. Alternatively, check out
this list from Management Today for some other ideas on how to make your meetings more exciting.
Do you have a tip for how to hold a better business meeting? Hit us up on Twitter or leave a comment and let us know.
Have a great weekend everybody!