Startups · Entrepreneurship

How many meetings is too many meetings per week?


September 17th, 2016

My company has meetings for absolutely everything. Is there any roadmap or guidance to follow as a company to make sure meetings are effective and to also avoid them if they are unnecessary?

Theresa Marcroft Marketing Strategist / CMO / Interim VP Marketing

September 17th, 2016

Hi Catherine, the best move I ever made in that area was to require that the person scheduling and running the meeting publish an agenda for it.  Half of the meetings fell off the calendar for lack of an agenda. The other half that actually took place were both shorter and much more productive!  Good luck!
Theresa Marcroft
Interim CMO
MarketSavvy Inc.

Chuck Bartok Social Media Consultant, Publisher, and Contrarian Curmudgeon

September 18th, 2016

Recently terminated a management employee for wasting time calling so many meetings. They are typically a smoke screen for inefficiency or a narcissistic expression. For year we met with management weekly no more than 1/2 hour, and expected positive reports and shared new directions.

Irwin Stein Very experienced (40 years) corporate,securities and real estate attorney.

September 18th, 2016

Once a week on Friday afternoon. Agenda is: this is what we accomplished this week; this is what we intend to accomplish next week,

Barry Houldsworth President of Houldsworth Management Consulting

September 19th, 2016

Consider using a meeting clock. This is a simple device that measures money, not time. 
Once people realize how much it costs to have 20 people in a room for an hour it changes perspective. 

Josh McCormack Securing funding for my pre revenue startup app in recruiting space.

September 19th, 2016

Good answers. Many meetings are signs of poor organization or ego (essentially what Chuck said). Some are because there isn't functional chatter amongst team members. They need to be able to easily and quickly discuss things as they are happening via email, chat, phone, walk by, etc. 

Sidney Sclar SID the SECURITY PRO at

September 18th, 2016

Unless Senior Management  dictates a meeting is unnecessary, make sure you show up, and on time.  

Shrinath Acharya CEO at Excelfore

September 19th, 2016

To make meetings productive, you need the following:
1) A published agenda
2) Prepared presentation(s)
3) Written outcome summary of timeline-based Next-step before the meeting ends
4) Schedule the shortest time to achieve the above.  
5) For unrelated discussions that come up- schedule a separate one with limited participants

David Mulhall-Brown Data-driven customer management professional

September 19th, 2016

Try this. It should cut down on the number of meetings and speed up the ones you do have. 

Ashley Titus Founder at RAGS Solutions

September 19th, 2016

A draft minutes with an agenda on the cover page plus names of attendees with heads-up itemised content in the inner pages and assigning info or action against each item and by whom if it is an action item plus attachments in the meeting invite shows what you want to achieve at the meeting and by whom.

This achieves what will be discussed and the basis thereof, who could be doing what and presence needed, fast tracking a meeting based upon the draft minutes and not getting side-tracked, making it possible to release the official minutes the same day.

Harald Steindl Mastermind at HST Consulting - Raising The Bar

September 19th, 2016

Besides the great tip of forcing the organizer write up an agenda before the meeting I always followed this two rather brutal rules.
1. Every meeting generates ToDos. For every ToDo there are only two outcomes til the next meeting:
Done or not (yet) done.
If not done, then either the meeting or the one not finishing the task it in time has to suffer.
= Either the follow up meeting was scheduled too short after the original
OR the guy did not perform.
2. After each agenda point I always asked the participants:
a) Was this topic new to you? and b) Was it relevant?
If it was not 100% YES on both questions then the team wasted meeting time.

3. Just before the end: Hands up, who regret coming to this meeting?
Obviously not that many people will publicly answer this honestly but one can see the correct answer in their faces.

Many, many meetings get trimmed down or cancelled at all rather quickly when acting as the bad cop asking these kind of questions.