"How can we reduce the time we're spending in meetings?"
I used to love it when clients asked me this, because wow - what a softball! This is easy math. To reduce time wasted in unproductive meetings, you can:
Look for any meeting that lacks a clear purpose or goals, and get rid of it.
Whack 10 minutes off of every recurring meeting on your calendar, and stick to the new time limit.
Invite fewer people.
Eliminate meeting time for those people, who probably have better things to do anyway.
- Assign a timekeeper.
This increases your team's awareness of time passing in the meeting and your odds of ending on time or early.
Here's a quicky video summing up these easy-math tips.
But do these simple answers help the smart professionals asking this question?
Of course not, because this isn't really a math question.