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5 Ways to Make the Most out of Your Meetings

Tired of time-wasting discussions that drag on for hours? Take these expert tips on how to keep them short, sweet and productive.

 

1. TUESDAY

“I prefer to hold meetings on Tuesdays, to avoid the dreaded Monday blues. Plus, people usually spend Mondays clearing their backlog of e-mail from the weekend. Holding a meeting on a Tuesday allows attendees to have the rest of the week to follow up on issues discussed,” shares
Cho Pei Lin, managing director of public relations firm Asia PR Werkz, which helped to launch the “Way to Go, Singapore!” campaign for the National Productivity and Continuing Education Council.

 

2. TAKE SHORT BREAKS

Breaks within the meeting should not last more than 15 minutes, says Pei Lin. Loo Pei Fen, chief marketing officer of IT retailer Challenger Technologies, adds that if a meeting is under an hour, a break isn’t necessary.

 

3. MID-MORNING

“Mid-morning is the best time to meet, as it gives people time to orientate themselves at the start of the day. Plus, people are generally still fresh and productive,” says Karen Leong, director of regional learning and development organisation Influence Solutions.

 

4. 30 MINUTES TO LUNCH

“Schedule your meeting to end 30 minutes before lunch, so that people are more motivated to end on time,” adds Karen.

 

5. NO FRIDAYS

“People tend to be distracted by their social plans for the weekend ahead, and are less likely to concentrate during a Friday meeting,” says Pei Lin.

 

By Delle Chan, Simply Her, November 2015

Photo: 123rf.com

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