How many meetings are there per day in 2022? (And should you care?)

Aug 31, 2022 by Elise Keith in fun with meetings, meeting culture (20 minute read)

This is a popular search. For those of you building infographics and reports and term papers, here's the bottom line up front.

Our 2022 best-guess estimates for the number of meetings per day in the US:

  • 1976: 11 million
  • 2015: 55 million
  • 2020 lockdown: 80+ million
  • 2022: 62 to 80 million

For everyone else, read on to understand where these numbers come from, why they're irrelevant for most people, and when (or if) you should care about the number of meetings in your organization.


Topics: fun with meetings, meeting culture

Top 5 Tips for Smarter Meetings (Times 12!)

Jun 9, 2020 by Elise Keith in behind the scenes, fun with meetings, tips & techniques (9 minute read)

Recently we hosted two online parties where we invited folks to join us in creating a big list of Tip-Top Top Tips for Smarter Meetings. The whole event was an experiment. We wondered:

  • Would it work to combine all these different meeting techniques?
  • How much real value could a group of random strangers create within an hour?
  • Would anyone find this interesting enough to show up?

Much to my great surprise, we were joined by nearly 80 people over the two sessions. The techniques we practiced worked better the second time through, which is a testament to the value of practice. And it turns out that interested, engaged people can quickly create a lot of value when given the opportunity and structure.


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The Right Story for Every Meeting

Feb 7, 2020 by Elise Keith in fun with meetings, tips & techniques (6 minute read)

We've all experienced the power of storytelling. A great story can inspire and move us in ways that spreadsheets or presentations full of bulleted lists never will.

We are wired to learn from stories. And yet, only a few rare leaders regularly tell stories in meetings. Most leaders limit themselves to dry information sharing and opinion statements, holding to a mistaken belief that storytelling is somehow unprofessional. But unlike most reports, a good story communicates both data and meaning simultaneously, which makes stories more efficient and effective. 


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Battle Axes to Boardrooms: A Discussion with Wilbert Van Vree

Apr 13, 2018 by Elise Keith in book review, fun with meetings (12 minute read)

Meetings, Manners, and Civilization: The Development of Modern Meeting Behaviour, written by sociologist and meeting expert Wilbert Van Vree, was originally published in 1999, but I just finished it this March. Of the five meeting books I read this spring, this was by far the most thought-provoking, so I asked Dr. Van Vree if he'd be willing to discuss it with us here on the Lucid blog. He agreed!


Topics: book review, fun with meetings

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

Sep 19, 2016 by Patrick Kelly in fun with meetings (1 minute read)

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 by Elise Keith in fun with meetings (5 minute read)

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

Jan 12, 2015 by Elise Keith in fun with meetings (4 minute read)

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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Thank you note to the Oregon Ducks Football Team

Jan 11, 2012 by Elise Keith in fun with meetings (3 minute read)

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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