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The Secret Money Drain: How Much do Your Meetings Cost?

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Most businesses are consumed with weighing costs and expenses with returns and profits. For any company to get off the ground and continue to grow, the money coming in needs to be more than what’s going out. But often businesses don’t look at the expenses that are hidden: they say that time equals money, and it could be that how you and your employees are spending your time may be the biggest secret money drain you have. To make sure you aren’t losing money on your meetings, learn how to calculate and optimize their expense.

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How to Prioritize Individual Tasks vs. Meetings

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In most companies across all industries, employees face an ever-present dilemma: to focus on individual tasks, or participate in meetings. When it comes down to it, it can be difficult to know how to prioritize when to say “no” to a meeting in order to focus on a deadline, or to say “yes” and risk losing productive time if the meeting is a waste of time. Luckily, there are a few ways to ensure that you can prioritize correctly, and understand how to make choices that value your time.

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How to Have Efficient Meetings in Distributed Teams

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Increasingly, more companies are allowing their employees to work from home. Some organizations are even utilizing the new strategy of distributed teams (i.e. people working in the same team but in different geographical locations). And other companies simply have several offices in multiple locations. One concern that many managers have is that meetings will start to become inefficient when participants aren’t physically all together. To make sure your meetings stay efficient even when not all attendees are in the same room, follow these three steps:

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5 Ways to Hold an Efficient Last Minute Meeting

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Let’s face it – last minute meetings are inevitable. When we need to do spur of the moment check-ins, or realize that later today is the only overlapping time that a team has free, last minute meetings can be crucial. That, however, doesn’t mean they’re always very efficient or productive. So how do you make sure that last minute meetings are just as successful as your regularly scheduled and pre-planned ones? Stick to high-focus places and activities!

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5 Situations When You Should Decline a Meeting Invitation

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We’ve all been there before: sitting in a meeting and thinking to ourselves, “why am I here?”. When you’re under pressure at work, stressed about a deadline, or have daily tasks that need to be completed, spending unnecessary time in meetings that has no relevance or urgency to you is just plain wasteful. Here are the telltale signs for when you should decline a meeting invitation:

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How to Welcome Visitors to your Office

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They say that you only get one first impression, so make it count. The same can be said for when you welcome visitors into your office space, whether it be for a collaborative meeting with a business partner, an interview for a prospective hire, or a welcoming luncheon for the board of directors. There are certainly a few ways you can ensure that your first impression when bringing visitors into your office always hits the mark, and visitors feel welcomed, relaxed, and impressed by your office space.

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Stand-up Meetings as an Efficient Way to Collaborate

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When we talk about modern workplace productivity, we’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss stand up meetings. This method of holding group collaborations or informal conferences aim to help businesses keep activity flowing, employees motivated and focused, and can make for more productive team interactions. But how can you ensure that meetings stay professional, and don’t dissolve into social gatherings? Let’s take a look at some best practices.

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4 Tips for Holding More Efficient Meetings

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Meetings shouldn’t be too long or a waste of time for you and your colleagues. In fact, they should be a productive use of your time to take decisions or collaborate around the task at hand. But how can you ensure that the time is being spent wisely, and that your meetings won’t run to long? There are a few strategies to try to make for your most efficient meetings.

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How to Create a Meeting Invitation That is Informational and Enticing

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While meetings are typically an inevitable part of business and corporations, they don’t have to be feared, dreaded or mysterious. In fact, meetings should be a positive experience for employees and seen as a necessity in ensuring that team members are productive, communicative and organizationally on the same page. So how do you make sure meeting attendees are prepared for, and looking forward to meetings? Create better meeting invitations!

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