Guidelines for Meetings

Ian Landsman links to Christopher Hawkins great post on guidelines for meetings. Talk about some good stuff. I think we can all agree that “meetings” can easily turn out to be great wastes of time, in fact ALOT of them are just that. It really doesn’t matter what you do for a living, chances are you have meetings to attend or organize at some point or another. Christopher lays out some very logical guidelines for meeting etiquette. Here is one short example:

Christopher’s Meeting Guideline #4: No meeting should go longer than 1 hour, and even THAT is too long. I think this one is self-explanatory. I don’t want to hear about how sometimes 3-hour meetings are necessary. A 3-hour meeting is a seminar, not a meeting.

Amen brother, amen! Check out his list of 10 guidelines and rules for conducting meetings, they make perfect sense to me, and Christopher even stands tall by saying:

“I’ll go on record here as saying that if you’re violating more than three or four of these, your meetings are probably life-sucking, soul-deadening, productivity killers.”

I like the way this guy thinks :-)

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