It all happened so quickly. Suddenly, you’re working from home with no training whatsoever on how to be effective while working from home.

How do you prevent loneliness from creeping in?

Do you continue weekly meetings or postpone them until further notice?

How do you make sure your team knows you’re available?

It’s all a bit daunting. But, if you follow this guide, you’ll be on your way to the most effective and productive meetings you’ve ever had in your career. Are you ready?

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1. What tools you need 2. Etiquette for online meetings 3…

At 26, I’ve had jobs at a handful of different organizations already. Which means I’ve spent a lot of time in meetings.

Pointless meetings.

Meetings where someone drones on and on.

Meetings that could have been an email.

And meetings that I had no idea how to lead.

But no one ever teaches us how to lead meetings. In fact, 75% of employees have never been trained on how to properly run a meeting. We all just learn from our manager, who learned from their manager, who also learned from their manager. So we’re all a bunch of meeting “disfunctionists”.

We’ve all experienced a bad meeting. Probably more often than we’d like to admit.

But more than just our personal experiences, the data says it all…

  • 220 million meetings are held in US businesses each year
  • Meetings compose 15% of teams’ collective time
  • Executives consider 67% of meetings a failure
  • $37 billion is wasted annually in unproductive meetings
  • Middle managers spend 35% of their time in meetings, and senior managers spend 50% of their time in meetings
  • Meeting participants believe that 33% of meeting time is typically unproductive
  • 63% of all meetings conducted in America do not use meeting agendas

Haley Johnson

Marketing Manager at Execute to Win

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