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Why You Fail to Be Productive – and the 3-Step Productivity Solution

Why does it feel like you never get as much done as you could (and should)? Your procrastination habits keep getting in the way. And while there is a lot of advice out there, it’s not very helpful. Quick tips like “use the Pomodoro Technique” and “change your work environment” will only get you so [...]

8 Fun Ways to Start a Meeting That Will Make Your Meetings Engaging and Productive

You know how it is: Productive meetings are hard to come by. But what if your team members would be engaged right from the start? Today, you’ll learn eight simple and fun tricks you can use to start a meeting. Use them to get people excited to attend and participate in your meetings - in [...]

5 Reasons People Hate Your Meetings (and What You Can Do About It)

What comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘meeting’? Chances are you’re thinking of a profanity or something worse. Yes, the word ‘meeting’ has a bad rap. People are unmotivated before they even enter the meeting room… At the same time, well-managed meetings could do so much for you. If people were happy [...]

10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

Meetings are a great opportunity to show off your smarts. Think about it: You have your team members’ undivided attention. It’s the perfect occasion to shine. But at the same time, you’re not sure exactly what you need to do to make a good impression. In this article, we’ll talk about just that. Read on [...]

Businesses waste $37 billion on ineffective meetings every year: What’s your share?

It’s startling, isn’t it? Every year, businesses waste $37 billion (yup, billion with a B) on ineffective meetings – and that’s in the United States alone. Multiply that number several times to figure out how much all businesses spend on fruitless meetings. What’s your share? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Here’s [...]

Why Status Meetings Can Be Banned in 2017

Did you know that employees use an average of 4.5 hours on status meetings every week? That’s at least what a Clarizen/Harris Poll survey found in 2014. According to the survey, 35% said status meetings are a waste of time and 46% wanted to do another unpleasant activity instead of attending them. This begs the [...]

Meeting Jargon That Makes Your Skin Crawl

What’s a must to make every meeting a success? They need to be short, clear, and concise. When walking out of the meeting room, every meeting participant should understand the meeting outcome. Some meeting jargon, like metaphors, is distracting. Because some words are extremely overused, they’ve lost their meaning (and punch). When you use them, [...]

How to make weekly meetings more engaging

What’s one of the main problems at workplaces according to employees? It might not come as a big surprise, but the answer is meetings. Why? Meetings feel boring and unproductive. Why listen to fruitless discussions if you can check your email and get tangible work done? To fix this problem, you need to engage meeting [...]

Leading Meetings Effectively: How to Start and End a Meeting

We’ve all been there: A meeting doesn’t seem to pick up and no one wants to be the first to break the silence. Or a meeting goes on and on and no one takes the lead to end it. It’s no surprise that the most frequent complaints about meetings are that they are disorganized, poorly [...]