Monthly Archives: May 2015

How to Run a Meeting

  1. No meeting ever needs to be longer than 30 minutes.
  2. If your meeting exceeds 30 minutes, you have not prepared enough.
  3. If there are aspects of your meeting that can be handled by email before the meeting, handle them by email before the meeting.
  4. If you honestly believe you’ve pared things down as much as possible (you haven’t), and you simply can’t fit it into 30 minutes, then you’re preparing two meetings.
  5. If your meeting runs to 25 minutes, interrupt whoever is talking and say, “we have 5 minutes left.” In 5 minutes, interrupt whoever is talking and say, “we’re done.”