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Time Management Secrets Anyone Can Use

Time Management Secrets Anyone Can Use | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Having trouble focusing on what you really need to do? You're not alone. According to a survey by Salary.com, the average worker admits to wasting 2.09 hours of each eight-hour workday, not including lunch or scheduled breaks.
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Eight simple tips to help you focus, free up time and get more done every day. If you're struggling to make room to Take10 each day, why not start by looking at how you manage your day?


Let us know if you or your team would like some help with this. We've got a whole box of tricks that will transform the way you work.

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Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: 10 Tips for Better Meetings: Facilitation Friday #40

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: 10 Tips for Better Meetings: Facilitation Friday #40 | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Via Avi Kaye
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This link does what it says on the tin and provides 10 tips for better meetings, but search the tag facilitationfriday, and you'll find so much more...

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Creative Antidotes for Painful Meetings | The Fast Track

Creative Antidotes for Painful Meetings | The Fast Track | Love Learning | Scoop.it
Some days you may wonder if the meetings you attend are nothing more than a kind of bad performance art. There’s Negative Nelly, Blowhard Bob and Always
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Some creative suggestions for avoiding "meetings from hell".

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How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google

How To Run Your Meetings Like Apple and Google | Love Learning | Scoop.it

How do some of the most modern and productive companies in the world approach meetings? This article looks at how Apple, Google and several smaller startups have rigid criteria to cut down on unnecessary meetings and make the meetings that do happen as productive as possible.


Here are the key takeaways:


  1. Always have an agenda
  2. Set an end time for the meeting
  3. Invite as few people as possible
  4. Always leave a meeting with concrete actions assigned to specific people
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David Ayad's curator insight, June 27, 2013 6:11 AM

Meetings are key factor in a team/corporate sucess, they just have to be well conducted.

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7 Tips to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Cloud Productivity

7 Tips to Make Your Meetings More Productive | Cloud Productivity | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Here are 7 tips to make your meetings quicker and more productive.

  1. Prepare an agenda
  2. Don't Travel - use web conference tools like EGC/Adobe Connect
  3. Start on Time
  4. End on Time
  5. Keep it short
  6. Ban Distractions
  7. Know the outcome in advance
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It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings

It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Daily stand-up meetings have become a common ritual of many teams, especially in Agile software development. However, there are many subtle details that distinguish effective stand-ups and a waste of time

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Daily stand-up meetings can be a powerful communication and team building tool

There are several goals for a daily stand-up meeting:

  • To help start the day well
  • To support improvement
  • To reinforce focus on the right things
  • To reinforce the sense of team
  • To communicate what is going on

As a mnemonic device, think of GIFTS:

Good Start, Improvement, Focus, Team, Status

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How To Start Flipping Your Meetings | Flip It Consulting

How To Start Flipping Your Meetings | Flip It Consulting | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Most meetings are structured around the person doing the talking.

 

The energy and focus are directed towards the person at the front of the room.

 

In this type of environment, the leader probably starts planning the meeting by asking the question, “What am I going to talk about?”

 

But in a flipped environment, this structure is reversed. The participants are the focus.


Via Avi Kaye
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Don't meet to talk about what to do.  Meet to do it.  Some great insight into "flipping" your meetings; where the participants as opposed to the "leader" are the focus.

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A good meeting is like a good meal | MeetingKing

A good meeting is like a good meal | MeetingKing | Love Learning | Scoop.it
See how running a great meeting is remarkably similar to cooking a great meal. Have a goal, plan an agenda, write down tasks, follow them up and learn how to improve.

Via Avi Kaye
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Five simple steps to a good meeting, and a link to a great resource for meetings in general.  Though Meeting King can be used as a paid service, there is lots of free stuff avaialable too!

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10 Proven Ways to Run Great Meetings

10 Proven Ways to Run Great Meetings | Love Learning | Scoop.it

Ineffective meetings, waste time and money, as well as contributing towards creating a poor opinion of the skills of the chairperson by the reluctant attendees.

 

Meetings in any business need not be tedious, time wasting, demoralising or simply painful, instead chairpersons should aim to run great meetings, where the talent in the room is leveraged and everyone's time is used effectively.

 

This excellent article, identifies the seven reasons meetings usually suck, and it then provides 10 tips that chairpeople can follow to ensure that their meetings run effectively.


Via Daniel Watson, Avi Kaye
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THis article contais some sublte hints for the chairperson to leverage all the talent in the room and make sure everyone's time is used effectively.

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Jenny Hazan's curator insight, February 20, 2013 8:42 AM

Nothing worse than a pointless meeting or a meeting about a meeting. Some great tips to be found here.