Have you ever found yourself sitting through a conference call with 20+ people when you were actually doing working instead of paying attention to the meeting?
POP QUIZ - You get called on… but you were not paying attention. What do you do:
(A) Tell the moderator that you missed the question, ask them to repeat it.
(B) Give a random status update on one of your 3 projects (hoping no one else is actually paying attention).
(C) Sit quietly and hope that they assume you have dropped off the call or are stuck on mute.
(D) Ask the group "Why do we have 27 of our best employees sitting through a two hour meeting when the only update that matters to each person is their 3 minutes of status?
Are you guilty of answering with (A), (B), or(C)?
You would have liked to answer with option (D), but I am guessing that like most other people you were too scared to call out the status quo without a great reason why it should be questioned.
Out of all of the people we have talked with at the 500+ companies that have signed up for LessMeeting, I think every one of them has said that they sit in too many meetings with too many people.
The worst part is… they all acknowledged that those meetings are the suck*.
Seriously, when was the last time you heard anyone say: "This meeting was OK, but if we added 15 or so more people it would have been a lot more productive"... NEVER
Key Questions For You To Answer
How do you build the ammunition and credibility to be able to step up with Answer (D)?
Alternatively, how do you change the culture of the people you work with to avoid these massive 25 person wastes of time?
If you would like the answers to these questions, keep scrolling down and read the rest of this post. Otherwise, please return to ignoring the conference call you should be listening to…