Infographic: How Much Are Inefficient Business Meetings Really Costing You?

September 19, 2016 at 7:15 AM by Patrick Kelly in fun with meetings

More than half of a middle manager’s day is spent in meetings and $37 billion dollars is the very high figure for revenue lost annually due to the time being spent in unproductive meetings.

In fact, in the United States alone, 25 million meetings take place every single day. 

Quick note: the Lucid team's research suggests that the real number is even higher than this! See our numbers here. Regardless of the specific numbers you choose, we agree that there are a LOT of meetings out there that can benefit from these tips.

This figure is now double the volume of meetings that were taking place back in 1999.

Why the large volume of unproductive meetings? It may be due to the lack of planning skills on the part of the organizer and the ability to manage timekeeping once the meeting begins.

The reality is that an effective business meeting should only include those who are absolutely necessary to be included and should go on for no longer than the allocated time.

An agenda should always be prepared and the main goal for any effective meeting is to stick to the agenda and not divert from it.

When it comes to meeting innovations, the world now looks to Scandinavia to lead when it comes to the development of meeting venue concepts, technology and meeting room design.

Outside of this, virtual meetings have taken hold and have shown strong promise in advancing the industry at large with 75% of high-growth businesses using video-enabled collaboration solutions and reporting a 30% faster decision-making experience as a result.

For an illustrated look at the meetings industry, see the below infographic created by the Sheraton Athlone Hotel:

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The Better Meetings Playlist: Songs for your Meetings

May 26, 2015 at 11:00 AM by Elise Keith in fun with meetings

As I was researching how different teams run daily stand-ups, I ran across Jason Yip's description of how he uses music to gather the team. This is not the first time I've that come across techniques that use songs for meetings.

Related: Our Favorite Short Videos about Meetings & Teamwork

For those of you looking to add a bit of zip to your meetings, and those who just want a funky playlist in your collection, we offer this selection of thematically excellent tunes. Enjoy!

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Our favorite short videos about meetings & teamwork

January 12, 2015 at 6:55 PM by Elise Keith in fun with meetings

Better meetings - it’s a big freaking topic. Better how? For what reason? What exactly do we need to make better here anyway?

When you tackle a big challenge like improving your company’s meetings, it helps to look at the problem from different perspectives – to back up and consider the big picture, then learn specific techniques you can put to work now.

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Fun With Words

February 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM by John Keith in fun with meetings

What We Live and Breathe

After completing our recent multi-day planning session, I grabbed all the words we'd written down and slammed them into Wordle.

We are so passionate about who we serve, why we serve them, and what we do - I was curious as to what themes would emerge from our free-form discussion, and whether those themes would match what we've been talking about lately.

We really do think about:

  • how to provide online tools that make it easy for teams to collaborate
  • how project leaders can track progress, document decisions, and move work forward
  • how to create a well received, professional meeting experience for everyone

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Thank you note to the Oregon Ducks Football Team

January 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM by Elise Keith in fun with meetings

Ok - I know I promised I'd write next about how to calculate the costs of time spent in meetings, but I felt this needed to be said before it was too late.

Dear Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks Rose Bowl Champion Football Team,

Thank you for helping me finally understand American football.

I'm not a natural sports fan. I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee, because I get to run around and can sometimes get my dog on my team. I like watching soccer games, but mostly because I live in Portland where the beer is good and the Timber's Army keeps us entertained. But football... meh.

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