4 staples of effective meetings

Face time and feedback are essential for doing business, but group gatherings can easily become a wasteful nuisance. Here’s how to stay productive, efficient and upbeat.

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Of course, meetings aren’t inherently bad. They can be quite a wonderful source of edifying, energizing inspiration. Most workers, though, are not so lucky.

Regardless of volume or format, meetings can have a profound effect on morale, engagement and productivity, so it’s well worth exploring how to make the most of group gatherings.

Here are four ways to optimize your time as a team:

Lighten and brighten agendas with a quick game, or earmark five minutes for personal life updates. Your team consists of human beings, and humans typically enjoy talking about themselves. Give everyone a chance to mention—in 30 seconds or less—something they’re passionate about outside of work.

If you’d like to shake things up but aren’t sure how, consider these tips from The Balance:

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