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Put meetings out of your misery

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Picture this: Over the door of your conference room runs a marquee with a running total of attendees’ wages and the revenue they’re not bringing in while they rot in some blasted meeting.

That image alone should inspire you to apply these solutions:

Use e-mail to data-dump. Why would you meet to update people on numbers or policies? “The only rational defense to interrupt talented people with an information dump is if your employees can’t read,” says Kenneth Sole, a consultant in organizational behavior. Use meetings only for attacking problems, generating and sharing ideas or getting feedback.

Embark on reconnaissance missions. With some degree of regularity, take your people out in the field to physically inspect competing products or services.

End meetings on a high note, even if you’re a mere 15 minutes into it. No need for a denouement; it’s a meeting, not a novel. Let people leave the room excited.

— Adapted from “Escape From Meeting Hell,” Patrick J. Sauer, Inc. magazine.

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