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Chapter 8: Meeting Hacks From Google, Apple, and Virgin

How can you immediately shorten the time spent in meetings by one-third?

Most meetings are very poorly organized, and in consequence, they feel like a waste of time. The biggest problems with meetings are:

- They start late.

- The wrong people participate.

- Time is spent on trivial issues instead of the important ones.

Here are some tips:

Consider utilizing only short, five- to ten-minute meetings.

This is what Richard Branson does.

Consider walking meetings.

That’s the method used by Steve Jobs.

Have stand-up meetings.

According to studies, they are 34 percent shorter and equally as effective.

No smartphones should be allowed during meetings.

It’s inappropriate to answer calls during meetings. Using smartphones during a meeting shows a lack of respect, lack of attention, or even a lack of power.

Before going, always ask yourself if you really need to attend the meeting.

Not everyone must be at every meeting.

Actions to take

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