Meetings Only Get in Your Way…Avoid Them

July 6, 2006

When you run a small company, you need to make the most of your time. One way to waste time is meetings. The FACT is you don’t need everyone at every meeting…that is a huge mistake small companies can make – they “try to include everybody” all the time. Don’t do your team any favours…chances are they would rather be at their desk working on whatever project they are working anyway…let them get to it and stay at it.

The ONLY meetings that we invite everyone to are long term DIRECTIONAL MEETINGS…the “here is the vision” meetings…we have those once every 3-6 months…seriously…if you think you need more meetings with everyone together at one time…burning the clock…I’ll bet you’re wrong.

Jason at 37 Signals points out there is no such thing as a one hour meeting.  I concur.  Here are 10 Steps to Better Meetings.

about the author

Co-Founder & CEO, FreshBooks Mike is the co-founder and CEO of FreshBooks, the world’s #1 cloud accounting software for self-employed professionals. Built in 2003 after he accidentally saved over an invoice, Mike spent 3.5 years growing FreshBooks from his parents’ basement. Since then, over 10 million people have used FreshBooks to save time billing, and collect billions of dollars. A lover of the outdoors, Mike has been bitten so many times it’s rumored he’s the first human to have developed immunity to mosquitoes.