TYPICAL SCENARIO for a business meeting is that attendees arrive late, more than 15 minutes are wasted on small talk, and pairs of people around the table hold their own private discussions.
Little is achieved. But for many attendees it is a nice break from work.
The answer is not to abandon all meetings. Meetings often are an essential part of conducting an efficient business.
But it remains true that unproductive meetings are wasting millions of dollars in time and meaningless chatter across the country. In small as much as in mid-size and large companies, a meeting is often a diversion in an otherwise busy day that achieves little of substance and results only in the postponement of decisions and action. Surveys show that half of all business meetings are considered a waste of time by those who take part.
It does not have to be that way. A little work put into the preparation of a meeting can go a long way in helping to make it more productive. Check out the steps below to turn your meetings into productive sessions.
How to run a business meeting
Business meetings are often essential; the answer is to make sure they are conducted in the right way.