9 Ways to Hold Better MeetingsHow Apple, Google and The White House Hold Productive Meetings–And You Can, Too!1. Keep your meetings to 10 attendees or fewer
The 10-person rule at Google, as mentioned in Kristin Gill’s book Think Like Google, is based on a fast-moving, startup culture where work time is precious for each employee. 2. Establish a D.R.I.
Steve Jobs and Apple found their most effective way to end a meeting was to assign responsibility for tasks and decisions. Every task is assigned a D.R.I.—Directly Responsible Individual. 3. Pause for a two-minute silence break
Since few of us can think deeply while we’re talking, the two-minute silence break gives a chance to mull over a decision, issue, or stalemate.4. In 5 words or fewer, what’s this meeting about?
American Express vice president Christopher Frank recommends that at the start of every meeting, ask yourself:
“What exactly are we meeting about?”
Everyone at the meeting answers the question in five words or fewer.
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