Guest blogger Tim Pollard is author of The Compelling Communicator: Mastering the Art and Science of Exceptional Presentation Design (Conder House Press, 2016). He is the founder and CEO of Oratium, a communications firm helping organizations from Fortune 500 companies to law offices … More
Guest blogger Sarah Landrum of Punched Clocks is here to help you plan a meeting that won’t annoy everyone in attendance. I know, it’s mindblowing! But it’s possible. Here’s how. “Why are we even having this meeting?” Have you ever found yourself asking that … More
Work meetings are annoying, and for a lot of us, they’re usually a waste of time. Here are a few ways to keep meetings short and efficient instead of drawn out and pointless. 1. Stand up. Studies have shown that … More
Five years spent working from home has provided me with my fair share of conference call snafus. Truth be told, this article could easily be titled “7 Ways I Humiliated Myself Via Skype.” Fortunately, armed with a small dose of common sense, mastering the teleconference can be simpler than uploading an email attachment. In other words? I’ve learned the following lessons the hard way, so you don’t have to.
Most staff meetings are drab, monotonous tasks that most people only put up with because they are a job requirement. Boring! There is no reason why staff meetings cant be fun! Or if not fun, at least a little more interesting. After all, these meetings are all about getting people involved, hearing ideas and making sure everything is running smoothly. No one can participate if they are asleep. Besides the occasional snore of approval, its pretty much impossible. To optimize everyone’s performance at your staff meeting, try some of these tips from brazancareerist.com and Monster and spice it up! More
According to this awesome new infographic from Atlassian, you can see exactly all the ways your employees are wasting time. Too much email, pointless meetings and interruptions by fellow workers are the main culprits. Pointless emails waste time but it seems that those meetings you have everyday are the real killers. On average, an employee attends 62 meetings each month and considers half of them as time wasted. That’s 31 hours, or three quarters of a work week, spent in unproductive meetings each month. More
Time management is always an issue. Sometimes you get so bogged down with one not-so-important project or talking to a colleague that you end up not having time for something you really wanted to get started on. Yes, multitasking helps you do more at once, but it doesn’t mean you do any of the things you’re working on at a quality level. What you want to do is get the most off your plate as fast as possible so you can concentrate on the important stuff. We took some tips from our friends over at Marie Claire@ Work (on newsstands now) for their best time management tips. More
Oh meetings. Whether they are casual and short or formal and long they can be absolutely agonizing if they are not conducted properly. And quite a waste of time and money for a company. With an estimated 11 million formal meetings per day in the United States, corporate America has been held hostage by 3 billion meetings per year. It’s not that every meeting is a waste of time, or useless, but rather that meetings are overused and often unnecessary when there are tools like social software that can be used to collaborate instead. More
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How big of a problem is distraction in the workplace? The average employee is interrupted from work eight times a day, according to a new report. If you assume the average distraction lasts 5 minutes or so, that’s more than four hours of work lost each day. That means the employees you pay for full-time work are only actually working for you half-time. More
Yesterday, I admitted that I completely zone out and lose interest the minute a PowerPoint presentation makes it’s way into my meetings. While I was hoping that you all would support my PowerPoint protest, I have to admit that you all let me down with your logic and good sense. 68.8% of you admitted that while these business stand-bys aren’t exactly thrilling, they’re a useful way to communicate information. In other words, they’re a part of life. Get over it Lindsay! One of our resigned commenters, Sherry, even said, “I would love to hear what an alternative solution would be..?”
Well Sherry, I’m hear to argue that there has to be another way. In fact, I’ve come up with a couple ideas that might just save your next sales presentation. More
This morning, during our weekly meeting, a vendor representative stopped in to excite our sales team for the new year. He had incentives and new products and all kinds of awesomeness to talk about. The man even brought bagels and cream cheese, God love him. You want to know what else he brought? He handy-dandy PowerPoint clicker. Instantly, our entire sales team zoned out and starting doodling on their expense reports. But it makes me ask the question, does anyone still like PowerPoints? More
How much money have you made your company this year? How much have you saved them? How many accounts have you landed, customers have you helped, products have you moved? How many goals have you met or exceeded? Before you ever set foot into that conference room or office, you need to know have a working knowledge of your year’s productivity and how it compares to the goals set by your company.
I’ve never been the kind of person who loves meetings. It’s partly because I have trouble sitting still and partly because I still have workplace PTSD from once working at a company that had to have a meeting every time we couldn’t immediately agree on whose turn it was to change the water cooler. But these six kinds of meetings have no place at any company, and the only way to get through them is to become a world-class doodler. More