How To Make Meetings More Efficient

You’re sitting in a(nother) meeting. You’re getting antsy because you have prospects to source, lists to scour, people to research, and competitive intel to gather. “Why are we having this meeting,” you ask yourself, “Is there some way we can shorten these meetings so I can get back to sourcing?”

Why yes… there is. And it’s called “The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection.”

The Slightly Uncomfortable Chair Collection was a project spearheaded by Louis-Thomas Pelletier, formerly a creative director for Sid Lee, a creative agency with offices in Montréal, Amsterdam, Paris, and Toronto. Pelletier realized he was spending a lot of time in meetings, which made him think: for maximum efficiency of time spent in a meeting, remove the element of comfort from the seating.

Granted, these chairs are sort of ‘goofs,’ but as you can tell by the designs, you know they’d keep meetings quite short! Just take a look at the various models:

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As silly as these chairs are, it certainly raises a good point: how necessary are the meetings you are either conducting or sitting through? If you’re the boss, are your meetings adding value, or taking precious time away from your sourcers doing what they do best? What are you doing to keep your meetings as streamlined and efficient as possible (aside, of course, from making the seating arrangements so uncomfortable that you can’t stand to be seated for more than five minutes)?

Share your thoughts in the comments — we’re looking forward to hearing your ideas!

Amybeth Quinn began her career in sourcing working within the agency world as an Internet Researcher. Since 2002, she has worked in both agency and corporate sourcing and recruiting roles as both individual contributor and manager, and also served previously as the editor of The Fordyce Letter, and, with ERE Media. These days she's working on some super cool market intelligence and data analytics projects. You can connect with her on Twitter at @researchgoddess.


2 Comments on “How To Make Meetings More Efficient

  1. Very worthwhile Amybeth—this is one of my favorite topics. Different meetings have different purposes, but in my experience, stand up meetings tend to be the best for brevity. I believe every meeting should have a focused agenda and a strict time limit and every participant should be aware of both. The person running the meeting should enforce the agenda and time limit. If an important, non-agenda topic is brought up or the time limit is reached without full resolution of all agenda items, another meeting should be scheduled on the spot. At the end of every meeting, “who is going to do what by when?” should be noted and agreed. Good meeting management is one of the best ways a business can signal to employees that time, productivity mutual respect are core values.

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