Not sure about the strategies for streamlining the meetings (aka allow a limited time for discussion) but the number on this infographic are scary! Average number of weekly meetings for 35-55yo professionals: 20+ Average length of a corporate meeting in the US: 1.5hrs Cost of unproductive meetings each year: US$35B Best we get our meetings sorted then. How to Streamline Your Meetings Infographic | Inc.com.
“Companies typically hold meetings with one goal in mind: to get things done. Why is it, then, that most meetings only serve as a time sink? Well, perhaps not so surprisingly, a major reason is because most people–up to 92 percent–multitask during meetings, making them far less efficient than they could be.” via The Cost of Unproductive Meetings Infographic | Inc.com.
Here it is. The secret to successful meetings in one sweet, sweet nugget: “use your valuable meeting time to create the future rather than summarize the past.” http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/PChgk9LdwGc/story01.htm
Quite a nice way to recap meetings: Recap all the decisions you made as a group and who will complete each action, and Work out what needs to be communicated to others, and how that communication will take place. http://feeds.inc.com/~r/home/updates/~3/0gdAUejGiug/story01.htm