Dealing with Lousy Meetings

Everybody spends too much time in meetings, we all agree. And yet we continue to do it.

Want to make more of your time in meetings? Here’s some alternatives to the traditional “guide to better meetings” literature.

(From “Barking up the Wrong Tree”)

Doodle. Yep, it actually improves your concentration.

Have the meeting standing up! It’ll almost certainly take less time than with comfy chairs.

Sit in the middle, not at the head of the table. You’ll be viewed as the most influential there.

Have the meeting at 3PM on Tuesday. Avoid the beginning and end of the day.

Serving coffee? OK for the women. For the men, not so much.

Finally, and importantly, remember that email tends to turn even the nicest people into jerks.