“The worst interruptions of all are meetings.”
Why are meetings toxic? Here are just a few reasons:
If you’ve ever called a meeting to discuss the status of Course X or met with your team of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) you can probably relate to a few of the issues mentioned above. Everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. They want to deliver the PowerPoint they spent way too much time designing. Most of all, they want to show their peers how smart and productive they are. The real problem with meetings is people!
Let’s face it, as an eLearning professional, we have a strong disposition towards meetings. Meetings to discuss next week’s agenda, production schedules, storyboard development, etc. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself…
Many times, you’ll find that a meeting is an inefficient way to accomplish your goal.
Now, there are definitely times when you really do need a meeting. So how do you ensure a concise, productive meeting? The gents from 37signals offer a number a suggestions for making meetings more productive and here are a few of my favorites:
Taking this approach to meetings means you’re probably going to ruffle some feathers. If you’re wondering, here are some pretty good reasons to go into meeting detox:
Finally, toxic meetings probably cost your company a great deal of money every year. Here’s a conservative estimate: a weekly meeting with your graphics designer ($35 per hour), two developers ($50 per hour), instructional designer ($55 per hour), and your project manager ($65 per hour) costs the company over $13,200 per year.
Bottom line, if you can avoid toxic meetings, it can really save your company money in the long term.