Not all regularly scheduled meetings are equal. Each lives along the continuum between best and worst uses of time. Among things to never do in meetings, here are three classic time and talent wasters. 1. Having people communicate things in the meeting that they could and should have communicated real time
2. Allowing people to argue opinions, positions and assumptions where there are important questions on the table that can and need to be researched
3. Letting people talk without recording and posting each contribution.
If meetings are essential, we are wise to create cultures of efficient engagement. It isn't complicated.