So many small business owners these days come from corporate backgrounds, and often integrate corporate business practices into their companies without realizing it. Among other things, this means your business could be infested with “meeting-itis.”
When you suddenly realize you’re spending 75 percent of your time in meetings, what can you do to get some of those hours back? Try these tips, courtesy of Larry Parman of CEO Maestro:
- Know why you’re meeting. It’s easy to get into the rut of having a “Monday morning meeting” or weekly staff meeting. Even for meetings that seem to make sense, ask yourself what the purpose is—and make sure everyone attending knows it. Maybe your time would be better served with a quick, 5-minute meeting every morning than an hour-long Monday meeting (that drags into 2 hours as everyone shares news about their weekend).
- Know how long it will take. Setting up appointments right after the meeting is a good way to force limits on time. Or try holding meetings standing up. And don’t provide food unless you want the meeting to drag on and on.
- Know when to say no. You’re the boss, so everyone wants you in their meetings. Limit your time to those meetings you truly need to attend.
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