How Expensive Are Your Meetings?

Remember, says Jason Fried, there’s no such thing as a one-hour meeting.

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A 1-hour meeting with 8 people is an 8-hour meeting. That is 8 hours that something else could’ve been getting done.

And what are those 8 people’s salaries?

If those 8 people make $100,000 a year, that’s at least $50/hour.

Eight people x $50/hour = $400.

Are those eight people, making $100,000 a year, getting together to solve a problem that’s costing their organization more than $400? Gosh,I hope so.

Not to mention, how much value could they provide with those 8 hours back?

Something to consider before scheduling that giant Town Hall aimed at everybody (and consequently nobody) — or even that status meeting where you just go around the circle and share what you’re working on. There are usually better options.

Here’s 5 keys to more successful meetings.

And 11 simple hacks for more effective meetings.


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