One of the biggest complaints I hear from leaders is about their loss of productivity due to the time they spend in meetings. Most leaders attend more than 60 meetings a month. Research shows that over 90% of meeting goers admit to daydreaming; over 70% do other work during meetings; and almost 40% say they have occasionally dozed off while in a meeting. Clearly, loss of productivity due to meetings is happening every single day. So for the next four video blog posts, I’m going to focus on specific ideas to stop the loss of productivity that is occurring for you due to those meetings. Today’s tip: always, always issue a four-column agenda, distributed at least 48 hours in advance of your meeting.
Always issue a four-column agenda
The most common reason we don’t issue agendas is because it seems like a lot of hard work. But it doesn’t have to be! One of the best, easiest and most effective ways to develop an agenda is to use a table format using four columns. Take a sheet of blank paper and draw three vertical lines to create four columns. Then title the columns as follows: Continue reading