Mel’s 10 Tips on How to Attend Fewer Business Meetings – or None at All

OK, I hate going to meetings and I'm not objective. On the other hand, don't you agree that most business meetings are a huge waste of time. So here are my very best tips for avoiding them. They all work for me. Let me know which of them works for you. Who knows? You may have a few tips of your own.

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I'm a writer, scientist, musician, inventor and lecturer. During the daytime I am advisor to the President of Shenkar College, a job I love. I write children's books, satire, and…
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Mel’s 10 Tips on How to Attend Fewer Business Meetings – or None at All

by Mel Rosenberg - מל רוזנברג

Copyright © 2017

Why attend meetings at all? Most are a colossal waste of precious time. Yours. So here are my ten best free tips. If they help, please consider contributing a dollar or two to me or Ourboox. More would be generous. A lot more would be idiotic (but I do love idiots). Thanks to @ajavuu at for getting me thinking.


Tip One: Don’t let anyone have control over your schedule. I know that sounds ridiculous if you’re a big shot with a secretary. I was once a big shot and I never let my secretaries set my meetings. Setting a meeting takes you a minute. Sitting in a needless meeting that your secretary thinks you are interested in wastes your time and that of your luckless colleagues.


Tip Two: Meet on the fly.  Aristotle had it right when he invented the Peripatetic School. Ask people you want to speak with to take a walk with you. You’ll finish things in a matter of minutes and get new ideas along the way. Another approach: someone comes to your office to speak with you. Take him/her on a walk to wherever you want to go. Catch: you’ll have to be attentive along the way.


Tip Three: Get rid of those chairs in your office. People don’t tend to sit down on the floor. Bonus tip: In your conference room, raise the height of your table and get rid of the chairs. Standing up conferences are short and sweet.


Tip Four: Don’t block out specific chunks of time for a meeting. Most meetings don’t have to take more than fifteen to twenty minutes in the first place.


Tip Five: Narrow the number of approaches you want to discuss. Send out a memo before the meeting with ideas that your team will either agree to or not. Ask them to comment by e-mail before you set any actual meeting.


Tip Six: If you have to cancel or postone a meeting, wait as long as you can before phoning the other party. Very often they will call you to cancel first. You come out looking good.


Tip Seven: Scheduled unwanted meetings for seven in the morning. Tell them that this is the only free time you have available. This works like a charm.


Tip Ate: Lunch meetings are often very productive. And you do have to eat lunch, don’t you?


Tip Nine (the most important one): Some meetings are the make-or-break ones. Don’t send subordinates. Show up early, dressed to the hilt, with a smile on your face, a warm hand-shake and a definite game plan. Do your research, take notes, make sure you achieve something and follow up on it. Make the ones who matter most the game changers.


Tip Ten: If it’s your boss who is setting up the meeting, ignore the previous tips and attend. I don’t want you to get fired and go around blaming me.


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