11 Tips for Productive Meetings

The following is a thought piece I wrote for the internal Plastiq wiki. I wanted to share it in case others may find it useful for their place of work. Please be in touch with any questions, comments, or suggestions! A document like this only gets better with iteration.

Meetings are useful for two reasons and two reasons only: information sharing and decision making.  A meeting should be called for one, the other, or both reasons.

Importantly, when I refer to “meetings”, I don’t mean ad hoc chats that may arise spontaneously around the office, although it’s important to be mindful of those too.  Rather, meetings in this context refer to a time and place reserved for a set list of attendees to gather together and accomplish a well-defined goal.  They can range from the informal (one-on-one catchups) to the formal (exec weeklys), and generally they would be well-served to follow some general guidelines.

So, without further ado, here are my 11 tips for productive meetings (in no particular order)…

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