An absolute waste of time.

There’s always someone that turns up late.

And that person who drones on and on about nothing in particular.

And when it’s your turn to talk, someone just interrupts you.

An hour of travel time each way means a short meeting takes up half a day.

And that’s before it runs over.

Why does it have to be that way?

There are some simple things you can do to improve things.

Set an agenda.

Have a deadline.

Use video-conferencing where possible.

But, as I was sat in the car today; a two hour drive for a one hour meeting; I realised one thing that was more important than all of the above.

By the end of the meeting, what counts as a success?

Bear that in mind, guide everyone towards that goal, and it makes the meeting worthwhile. Well, maybe not two hours on the M60 at rush-hour.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England