The recent issue of Inc. magazine has a wonderful article about how to be more productive. They interviewed a wide variety of entrepreneurs and asked for their best tip.
My favorite tip came from Caterina Fake, one of the founders of Flickr, the photo-swapping site; the tip is a meeting strategy.
Before a meeting she sends an agenda by email to every participant. Folks are encouraged to do their homework. When it’s meeting time no one sits, everyone stands. And here’s the best part: Before the meeting everyone has to drink 16 ounces of water.
The meeting ends when the first person has to go to the bathroom.
Ya gotta love that!!
Can’t you see folks doing the little foot-to-foot dance because they have to go and want to get in a point in the discussion?!
Meetings are often timesucks. Have fewer of them.