Meetings. We all have them. Some are really useful, some are a total waste of time. Here’s a simple template you can use at the end of your meetings to get quick feedback on how worthwhile the meeting was. I’ve found this super valuable to get a more honest take on whether/when a meeting needs to change.
If your score goes down consistently or substantially, it means:
Maybe it’s time to change something: the format, attendees, cadence, topics or goals of the meeting
Reduce the meeting cadence. Can the weekly meeting be biweekly, so when people do meet the content is more valuable? Can it be a hybrid of async updates and synchronous meeting time?
Cancel or recharter the meeting. The most dramatic change is to get rid of the meeting wholesale.
Change is healthy and natural in your meeting goals, structure, and makeup. Don’t be “here because we’re here because we’re here.” If a meeting isn’t useful anymore, change it or get rid of it and free up collective time!
How to use this template
Ask your team to add their sentiment to the Pulse table and discussion topics to the Dory below.
Why is this meeting still happening? It’s only really relevant to 4 of the 10 attendees.
I liked the breakout brainstorm today more than usual, but otherwise didn’t find this useful for my work.
The updates in this meeting are always really informative, but the 2 hr format runs long.