Conduct only standing
meetings. Not regularly scheduled, but really standing
, i.e., get rid of all chairs. It's healthier and people will get to the point, and get the point a LOT faster.
Forget about refreshments, no bowls of cut fruit, no bagels, no coffee.
Never hold a meeting for deterministic activities, or those interactions where the outcomes are known. These include status reports, updates, reviews, etc.Their are other vast media and modalities for these activities.
Meetings, aka, Same Time, Same Place (STSP) are for non-deterministic activities. These are when the outcomes are unknown. These are creative activities like design, relationships, sales, strategy, persuasion, knowledge creation, etc. These complex activities depend on authentic conversation, emergence, genuine collaboration, multiformity of thinking, personal interactions, trust, developing relationships, and so forth.