Before starting a meeting, decide when it will end

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Tired of meetings that go on forever? Determine the stop time when you schedule it. Begin the meeting with a reminder of this hard stop time.

It may even be helpful to instruct someone to give gentle nudges as the end time draws near.

By having a predetermined “stop” time, it forces attendees to stay focused on the topic at hand. It also makes it easier to prepare a realistic agenda.

What other tips do you have for ensuring a meeting is productive?

Meetings with no clear end leave room for distraction and inaction. Learn more ways to ensure every meeting is productive in Dave’s course, “Leading Productive Meetings,” on LinkedIn Learning.

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