What did 1,600 people say frustrated them most about meetings?

Find out below.

The top 10 responses were...

  1. Allowing attendees to ramble and repeat the same comments and thoughts.
  2. Doesn't start on time, stay on track, or finish on time.
  3. No specific action items or walk-away points.
  4. No clear purpose or objective.
  5. Not inspiring or motivating.
  6. Not organized. No agenda.
  7. Too long.
  8. Repeating information for late arrivals.
  9. Weak presenter (unprepared, monotone, overly redundant).
  10. Boring. Nothing new or interesting.

More than a quarter of the respondents also submitted their own additional comments
(people are pretty passionate about meetings).

Here's how you can make your meetings better:

Running a meeting

If you’re running a meeting...

  • Do your best to avoid doing or allowing the things that annoy people (review the list).
  • Be a grown-up.
  • Respect your attendees by preparing well, communicating well, and valuing time (our most valuable commodity).
  • Make it about helping them be better as a result of the meeting (and you'll be better for it too).
  • Never fill or kill time. That's not why we're here. We're here to make good things happen for other people.
  • If you have D-grunts (people who are disgruntled and work to make things difficult) on your team, don't invite them if at all possible. Then ask yourself why you're allowing them to be on your team at all. Life's too short to tolerate D-grunts.
Attending a meeting

If you’re attending a meeting...

  • Participate.
  • Be a grown-up.
  • Answer questions and be a part of the discussion where you can.
  • Encourage the leader, be on their team, and offer your thoughts and support.
  • Avoid the D-grunts (those disgruntled people). They don't make good things happen for people and likely won't help your career.
Running or attending a meeting

And whether you’re running or attending...

  • Remember, few meetings are perfect. Give people the break you'd like to be given (it's part of Loving Your People).

That's it.

Meet. Connect. Encourage. Inspire.

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