Stop the Meeting Madness!

Dec 18, 2019

Do you have too many internal meetings?

Do you leave most meetings thinking:

"Damn, that's an hour of my life I'll never get back."

Are your meetings mostly reporting out on what you did and what you'll do next?

You're not alone!

Nancy and I just spoke with hundreds of fundraisers at the CASE V conference in Chicago who are overwhelmed with too many unproductive meetings.

How can you stop the meeting madness?

Here are a few tips that aren't always easy, but can truly make change for you and your team:

  • Before accepting ANY meeting, ask the organizer: AM I MISSION-CRITICAL?

Most meeting invites are habit: he always comes to these meetings, so I should invite him...Other meeting invites are, believe it or not, just a courtesy: if I don't invite him, he may feel left out. Don't let yourself fall into these traps! By asking if you're mission-critical to the meeting, you'll know why and how you can add value.

  • Say no to 60 minutes. Hour-long meetings are another weird work habit....
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