“Could that not have been an email instead of a meeting?”

Usually, but sometimes you have to convene. For your next meeting, send attendees not just a meeting outline but a crisp content summary so everyone knows what to expect and what is expected.

Writing tightens your mental agenda and can make meetings shorter and more productive, especially when you get down to business without the usual fifteen minutes of throat-clearing and context-setting. Summarizing content might reveal that you don’t need to meet after all, and a memo will do. Either way, what seems like a time-suck on the front end will save you time.

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