The 7 Things I Learned About Meetings from Taking a Swimming Lesson

 

 

Have you ever longed to do something really well, but never got off the blocks because you didn’t know how, and figured that you’d never be able to do it anyway?

I recently swallowed my pride, my fear, and the belief that I was not (and never would be) a swimmer and signed up for a private one-on-one session with an instructor at the local pool.  The result?  I swam a full 25 metre lap without stopping for the first time in my life – after only ever having that one 15 minute lesson.

Imagine how you will feel after you have triumphed over the one thing that’s getting between you and your ideal vision of the meetings you would love to lead.  Learning to lead meetings well is like learning to swim – with the right advice, it’s easier than you might think.

Here are the 7 things I learned about  improving skills quickly and setting yourself up for success.

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5 Ways to Save Time in Meetings

 

 

Want to spend less time in meetings?   

Studies show that managers and leaders spend 40-50% of their working hours in meetings and that as much as 50% of that time is wasted.

Do you remember being in meetings that promised to be fast, but left you furious because the meeting wasn’t getting anywhere and you had a million other things you could be doing?  Pulling a group of busy professionals into unproductive meetings is like buying a luxury sports car and driving it around a car park in second gear.

So here are 5 ways for you to keep your meetings tight and on track.

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