How to Reduce Meetings with 3 Questions

An average day in the life of a small business typically consists of hours of hard work, problem solving, and dreaming big. Oh, and the guarantee that at least one meeting will slice your productivity in half.

Arm yourself and reduce meetings with my three mighty questions. By the power of Crenshaw…you have the power!

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Video transcription:

Do you feel like meetings are sucking you dry? Do you feel like you have so many meetings that you have no time to do anything else?

This is a problem that affects not just entrepreneurs but employees too. Meetings are like a double-edged sword. They can help you be more productive and they can also kill your productivity.

So, how do you know when is the right time to have a meeting? There are three questions to ask:

Number one—can you take care of this without having a meeting?

Number two—do we need to discuss and collaborate? Or do we need to just delegate or calendar. If it’s the later, it’s probably better handled through email, not a meeting.

And number three—does attending this meeting support my most valuable position? If it’s something that really pulls you into less valuable work, it probably should be delegated to someone else.

I’d like you to answer in the comments section belo: do you feel you have too many meetings?

Also, if have a question you’d like me to answer in a future video, ask that below as well.

Thanks for watching. Now be careful with that sword.

Join the conversation: Do you feel you have too many meetings?

I respond to every question and comment. So, please, join the conversation!


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2 Archived Responses to “How to Reduce Meetings with 3 Questions”

  1. Whether to have a meeting or not is a balancing act.
    Sometimes meeting makes sense.
    So it would be nice to also know when to actually take a meeting (and save time on long email discussion).

    • Dave Crenshaw says:

      Welcome back, Dennis. Just take the inverse statement of all my questions:

      1) Email alone won’t cut it (i.e. of it’s going to be a long discussion, you need a meetings. Emails should be short.)

      2) We need to discuss and collaborate (not delegate and calendar)

      3) Attending the meeting supports your Most Valuable Position (If my MVP is Marketing, and it’s a marketing meeting, odds are, I should attend.)