TAKE FIVE! CAREER TIPS FROM THE CREATIVE GROUP:
THINK TWICE BEFORE YOUR NEXT MEETING
According to a recent survey of executives, 28 percent of meetings are a waste of time. Here are five signs that a gathering may be going nowhere:
1. Everything But The Kitchen Sink Is Being Covered. Agendas are useful, but one that is lengthy or unfocused could indicate that not all of the information will be relevant to every attendee.
2. It'll Take More Than An Hour.Meetings that are scheduled for more than 60 minutes have a tendency to meander as people's interest level fades.
3. The Attendee List Goes On And On. When a participant list is extensive, it may signal an overly ambitious meeting, or one where people are being invited as a courtesy, rather than because they need to attend.
4. There's A Large PowerPoint Deck Involved. Visuals can be useful for reinforcing information, particularly for designers. But an extensive PowerPoint presentation could signal that there's a lot of ground to cover and perhaps you'd be better served reviewing the information on your own.
5. It's A Habit. Routine meetings can become, well, routine. If regular gatherings have grown stale, consider suggesting that they be held less frequently.
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