There's nothing more frustrating than stopping your actual work to attend a meeting where everyone ends up staring at their laptops and nothing actually gets done.
It's crazy how many hours we waste in meetings like these. In fact, the average employee spends 31 hours in unproductive meetings every single month. That's 31 hours per month that each of us could've spent on work that gets us closer to hitting our goals, developing our skills, and making meaningful connections.
There are two ways to minimize that number. One way is to cancel meetings that don't need to happen, or (politely) say "no" to meetings you don't really, truly need to attend. The other is to make the meetings you do run and attend more effective.
To learn how to make your meetings more effective and collaborate more successfully, check out the infographic below from CT Business Travel. It covers how to set your agenda ahead of time, what the optimal number of people in a meeting is, how to make sure attendees are taking away the key points from the meeting, and more.
Originally published Apr 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017