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Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings by Jon Petz

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Part 2: Speed Meetings

The backbone of the Bore No More! movement is all about “get it done” so you can get on with the real work of the day. What does everyone crave? More time. Here are three surefire, speedy ways to gain time.

Speed Meeting Type 1: “Two 'n Out”

Are you a fan of the popular ESPN-TV show Pardon the Interruption? If you've never seen this program, let me briefly explain its format. Two hosts debate over a hot list of newsworthy sports items of the day. They're allowed two minutes per topic—that's it. It's fast-paced, full of quick wit, and highly entertaining.

Apply that same concept to your meetings and those days of someone dragging on are gone. You'll be surprised at how much can get done in only two minutes! Limiting the time meeting attendees can speak forces them to get straight to what matters most. Try it and you'll see what kinds of fire-works get sparked. Be sure to set ground rules to which all participants agree before you even start this meeting. Suggested meeting time: no more than a 20-minute meeting with a 5-minute wrap (if needed). Put the “less-is-better” rule into effect.

Ground rules

  • Allow two minutes for each participant who needs to share information, provide updates about sales, projects, or status, or otherwise contribute—absolutely no more time and no interruptions within those two minutes. If people interrupt, cut them off. If the speaker finishes under the time limit, give your applause.
  • Follow these two-minute segments back-to-back, ...

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