Meetings That Don’t Suck


[tc_contributor_byline slug= »ken-norton »]

For most of us, and certainly for most of your team, meetings are the least productive part of our day. Yet too many brilliant people are stuck in too many meetings. Meeting cultures begat more meetings, and the downward cycle continues, crippling productivity and crushing psyches.

As the former product manager for Google Calendar, I had plenty of exposure to how people handle meetings. As a partner at Google Ventures, I’ve also worked directly with more than 100 startups. I’ve even given a workshop on making meetings suck less. I’ve seen the good and the bad, and have come away with some tips for how to make life better. Here’s what I recommend:

Kill the status meeting: The most vile creature on any calendar is the weekly status or “check-in” meeting. You know: “Let’s go around the table and have everyone give an update.” They’re a…

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