The Modern Meeting Principle 2: Moves Fast and Ends on Schedule

Today is the second day of my week long series about the 7 Principles of Modern Meetings, which comes from Al Pittampalli’s excellent book on the topic, “Read This Before Our Next Meeting.”


How many of us have wasted hours of our time in what seems to be an endless meeting? It’s probably one of the biggest costs to large corporations that they don’t seem to realize.  Today’s companies are so worried about cutting costs yet they allow many highly compensated employees to waste a lot of their time sitting in meetings where they offer no value.

How does the Modern Meeting help to stop this wasting your time?

The Modern Meeting already has a decision made and rework has been completed so they meeting is able to move fast because every attendee does not need to be brought up to speed on the point of the meeting.  Meetings have a hard deadline established and they end on time.

Allowing to much time for a meetings, is one of the biggest problems in our meetings.  To much time, creates circular debates about our decisions, which include no new information and create doubt and anxiety. These two symptoms eventually lead to the decision falling apart.  Keep your meetings as brief as possible and set a firm deadline.

Tomorrow, I’ll write about Principle 3: Limits the Number of Attendees.

This blog post is from the Seven Principles of Modern Meetings which can be found in this great book:

Pittampalli, Al (2011-08-03). Read This Before Our Next Meeting (p. 40). AmazonEncore. Kindle Edition.