How To Survive Meeting Hell

Meetings…we have to ask why?
It seems to be that when nobody wants to make a decision, or they do, but they want cover in case it goes wrong…they have a meeting.

The more significant the decision the large and longer the meeting. There is even the likelihood of pre-meetings ahead of the main meeting and post-meetings to dissect the result of the main meeting (if any).

I was talking to someone recently who said he could not get any work done because he was always in meetings…about work.

About work…rather than just doing the work.

His boss had set up a series of committee groups – this seemed like a good idea – except that it was not. The suspicion was that these committees gave the boss cover. If something went wrong, he could blame the committee in charge.

I then decided to waste even more time reading about how to effectively run meetings – a sort of LinkedIn Guide To Hell.

I will keep this post short because I am sure you have a meeting to go to.

I have come up with an almost foolproof way to conduct meetings and get stuff done.

1. Set a definite time limit for the meeting, (subject to a maximum of 30 minutes – see 2 below). Once that is done…halve it.

2. For any meeting that goes over 30 minutes. The person who called the meeting and is supposed to be running it buys everyone coffee & cake. This is important – do you want to run the risk of buying for 5 people or 50? Keep meetings small. If the meeting goes to 5pm, those present can elect to have their coffee & cake the following day – because we all have lives to go to.

3. Use Basecamp or Slack…before, after, or as a replacement for meetings. You can thank me later.

Other additional strategies can include going directly to the coffee & cake and holding the meeting in the queue, and for no more time than it takes to consume your beverage and cupcake of choice.

See simple.

As an endnote, please do not link to this wisdom from any social media…life is too short for “inspirational insights” – we all have lives to go to.

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