Many of you may know the meetings I am talking about! They are often dominated NOT by those who have the most to say, but by those who want to say the most. The itchiest thing is that they prevent us from doing productive work. Here are few tips:
- Do not ask questions, it will end faster.
- Say you are late for another meeting and you need to speed up.
- If you are not the boss then start the daydreaming process and think about what you’d like your career to look like 5 years from now.
- Think about your to-do list: not only will this give you a clear idea of what you need to do to follow up on the meeting, but you will also have pre-invested time on your to-do list.
- Draw and work on your artistic skills: Sketch the meeting room or your cup of coffee, who knows? You may have some hidden talent my friend.
- Establish an eye contact with another participant, do subtle gesture jokes and just like that you’ll earn a new acquaintance and develop your body language skills!
- If the wrong person is always talking, find ways to encourage the right people to talk.
- Find ways to speak and interact to make it more interesting but it may make it longer and even more boring depending on the participants. It’s a risk…
- Develop a plan to destroy time-wasting meetings. Propose to reduce their frequencies or exchange info through emails or just select few participants etc.
One advice: always look at the positive side and try to make the best out of pointless meetings.