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The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings - Bregman Partners

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The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings - Bregman Partners
Five years ago, after becoming frustrated with my fruitless tendency to juggle multiple activities at once, I tried an experiment: for one week, I would not multitask and see what happened. The experiment changed everything for the better. My relationships improved, my stress dissolved, and my productivity soared.

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Compressed time

Leaders at all levels need to be highly skilled at getting to the point quickly and efficiently. The compressed, focused coaching session/meeting hones the skill of getting to the point quickly, focusing on the most essential elements of a situation, and taking action.

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Benefits of 30 minutes meetings

  • People show up: they are far less likely to skip a 30-minute session.
  • Everyone is on time.
  • People are much more likely to come prepared. There’s no time wasted on tangents and going-nowhere conversations.
  • The time pressure enhances focus and attention.
  • Participants are more willing to be courageous.
  • Participants get more done between sessions.

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Make 30 minutes meetings count

  • Read what you need to beforehand and tell everyone else to do the same. Think about your questions. Decide what’s important and what you can let go of. 
  • Decide on the one thing that will make the biggest difference, and spend the 30 minutes on that issue, topic, or opportunity.
  • Get started right on time, no matter who isn’t there.
  • Save at least the last 5 minutes to summarize and commit to what you are going to do as a result of the meetings.

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