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Create a parking lot • Ever been in a meeting that goes off the rails and you end up discussing something off topic for an hour?
Develop a system where these items are quickly identified and put in a "parking lot" to discuss later.
Remember two things • "Always ask why you’re having the meeting and what you’re going to walk out the door with," Petz says.
None of these steps are meant to eliminate meetings because some meetings are necessary.
"It’s just incredible to me that we can have a man on the moon and invent computers, and yet most people have never learned to run meetings," Petz says. "We’ve just got to do a better job of respecting people’s time."
Anita Bruzzese can be reached at Gannett ContentOne, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22107.
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