Why Poor Meetings Are Such A Time Waster!
Meetings are an integral part of modern organisations – often used to make decisions & collaborate with colleagues. However, when meetings are poorly run, they are a huge time waster for everyone involved.
Some of the biggest issues contribute to meeting time wasting are.
Lack of an agenda.
Without an agenda, meetings tend to wander off topic and attendees may not be clear on what they should be discussing or what decisions need to be made. This leads to confusion and frustration & ultimately wasted time.
Lack of meeting structure.
Meetings that have no set time limit, no clear start or end time & can drag on indefinitely. They take up valuable time that could be better spent on other tasks. Meetings lacking a clear PO3 leave attendees feeling unproductive on outcomes.
Poor communication & lack of participation.
Meetings dominated by a few individuals or where attendees are not encouraged to speak up & share their ideas lead to missed opportunities & a lack of collaboration.
Not Inviting the Right People.
Inviting too many people to a meeting, or not inviting the right people, leads to an un productive meeting & time wasting for those attendees who didn’t need to attend.
Not Following Up.
Meetings that don’t have a follow-up plan or action items are unlikely to lead to any tangible results & frustrated participants when the next meeting is called.
Creating Edge has established a specific Meetings course to address these topics & over 500 opportunities on how you can create amazing meetings.
The course provides leaders with all the tools & techniques to create amazing meetings.
You can find the course here : Creating Edge Meetings Course
Time wasting characteristics of poor meetings that Creating Edge fixes!
- Lack of preparation
- Poor agenda
- Too long / poor timing selection
- No set purpose, objectives, outcomes or outputs
- Too many meetings
- Unengaged or non-interested participants
- Unclear roles throughout the meeting
- Too many or not the right participants
- No clear meeting or discussion leader
- Lack of meeting focus
- Lack of meeting structure
- No effective follow up strategy for the meeting
- Unclear decision-making processes or matrices for decision making
- Unclear action items
- Too much talking &Too many opinions leading to unproductive conversations
- Dominance of certain participants drowning out other participants
- Not enough sharing of ideas
- No evaluation or feedback at the close of the meeting
- No accountability through the meeting
- No clear outcomes or takeaways for participants
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