Meetings are a fundamental aspect of professional and organizational life, serving as a platform for collaboration, communication, and decision-making. Whether conducted in person, virtually, or through a combination of both, meetings play a crucial role in fostering teamwork, sharing information, and achieving common goals.

The third largest drain on working time is time spent in meetings. Large and small meetings consume as much as half of most people’s time at work. Almost everyone agrees that at least half of this time is frittered away. It’s estimated that 25 percent of employees’ time is wasted in meetings.

7 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Effective:

1. Is the Meeting Necessary:

In hindsight, a lot of gatherings were pointless to begin with. The same result can be attained via various means. The goal is to send out a memorandum. There is the option of a conference call. You can have one-on-one conversations with people. You can put it off until the next meeting or perhaps until later.

Avoid scheduling meetings unless absolutely required. You should question yourself, “Is it necessary for me to attend this meeting?” to determine if your presence is required. Don’t bother going if it isn’t absolutely crucial that you be there. Ensure the person knows he doesn’t have to attend a meeting if he isn’t absolutely required to.

2. Write an Agenda:

Once it’s been decided that a meeting is required, it’s time to set goals and create an agenda. Creating a one-paragraph explanation of the meeting’s objective might help you maximize your time together. You should kick off your meeting with, “We are having this meeting to achieve this specific goal.” Then, document the meeting’s intended outcome. What a fantastic way to train oneself!

Create a meeting agenda or list of topics that need to be discussed. Put the name of the person responsible for handling each item in the list. If feasible, the agenda should be sent out at least 24 hours before the meeting so that everyone may prepare accordingly. It’s important to set expectations for the meeting by outlining its purpose and agenda. This includes conferences with management, employees, clients, vendors, and anyone with whom you interact one-on-one.

3. Start and Stop on Time:

Determine when you’ll start the meeting and when you’ll adjourn. If the meeting is scheduled to last from 8 to 9, it should begin promptly at eight and end at 9. Meetings that begin at a certain hour but end at another time are the worst.

Here’s a second regulation: Leave it to the next person to arrive. Start on time and act as if the tardy person isn’t arriving. It’s unfair to make those who arrive on time waiting for the one person who might not show up. Many businesses have a policy where the meeting room is locked from the inside at the appointed meeting time. Those that are late will not be admitted. Don’t worry; they won’t repeat their tardiness.

4. Cover Important things first:

Use the 80/20 principle to create a workable agenda. Make sure the most important items (the top 20%) are discussed first. In this way, even if the meeting is cut short, the topics that are crucial to its success will have been discussed.

5. Summarize each conclusion:

Each item on the meeting agenda should end with a summary of what was discussed. Getting a consensus and finishing each task is important before moving on. Before moving further, restate the decisions and agreements that have been made concerning each issue.

6. Assign Specific Responsibility:

Assign explicit responsibilities for the agreed-upon actions and establish due dates if a choice has been reached. Keep in mind that a talk or agreement without clear roles and a timeframe for completion remains just that: a discussion or agreement. Make sure everyone understands their roles and responsibilities.

7. Keep notes and Circulate Minutes:

To get the most out of meetings, it’s important to take detailed notes and get those notes out to everyone within the next 24 hours. Someone who takes good notes during a meeting and can refer back to them a week or a month later might help clear up a lot of miscommunication. Meeting minutes are written soon after the meeting, guaranteeing that everyone knows his commitments and when they are due.


In conclusion, meetings are pivotal for effective communication, collaboration, and decision-making. Well-planned sessions with clear objectives foster teamwork and innovation. As workplaces embrace virtual formats, adapting and refining meeting strategies becomes essential. Balancing inclusivity and technology ensures meetings remain a catalyst for positive change in the dynamic landscape of professional interactions.