Key to Productive Meetings? How You End Them


Meetings are a favorite whipping boy of the business world, and it’s not hard to see why.

Often aimless and inflated, they pop up in your calendar like dandelions in your lawn, breaking your concentration and eating up your workday. Then, in the end, they often get hijacked by the most insistent participants rather than the most insightful ones rendering the whole exercise pointless.

Ugh. But if there are many reasons to hate meetings, there are also many ways to improve them. Geoffrey James recently offered nine ideas, while other experts have suggested everything from making people stand, to limiting participants or forcing them to prepare by penning lengthy memos. Seth Godin has even offered a field guide to common types of meeting trolls. With so much advice out there it’s hard to imagine uncovering a truly fresh tip or trick.

But Twitter and Medium co-founder Ev Williams may have done it. For a recent post he steals an idea for better meetings from Holacracy and urges readers to consider stealing it as well. What’s the essence of the idea? You could probably improve the way you close your meetings by having a “closing round.” What’s that? Continue to…

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