Making Your Meetings Count

Meetings: Wasted Time and Productivity

Meetings consume a substantial chunk of the workday. For example, the National Statistics Council found that 37 percent of employee time is spent in meetings. Yet, almost half (47 percent) believe, of all of their daily activities, meetings are the biggest waste of time. This is more than social media and even email!

When you begin to do the math, it becomes patently obvious that your meetings need to be fully optimized and run at maximum efficiency. Unproductive meetings and inclusion of participants who aren’t needed directly impact bottom-line results. Consider the following for a company of 10 employees who spend 37 percent of their time in meetings. Assuming half of those meetings are a waste of time and an average employee salary of $60,000 annually (a conservative number), you’re squandering $111,000 a year, or over 10 percent of what you’re paying employees!

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Presenting on the Road [Infographic]

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9 Top Mobile Apps for Productivity-Minded Entrepreneurs

Whether you are a hard core Apple fan, a loyal Android junkie or a Microsoft Windows Phone user, there is a world of mobile apps on the market that promise to help you work smarter. Davinci Virtual has compiled a list of eight of these apps for road warriors, time management-minded professionals and mobile entrepreneurs who refuse to sacrifice productivity no matter where you are.

  1. OfficeTime

Ideal for anyone who bills by the hour or project, OfficeTime makes recording and tracking time and expenses simple with a clean, user-friendly interface. The iPhone and iPad versions focus on ease-of-use, recognizing that if time tracking is simple to do, users will be more likely to take the time to do it. OfficeTime takes great care to minimize how many finger taps it takes to do something. If you are a time management or need to track billable hours, this is a great app for you.

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Creative Ways to Make Your Meetings More Productive

Productivity and meetings should go hand-in-hand, but a new survey reveals that is not always the case. Seventy-two percent of meeting-goers reported they felt half or less than half of their business meetings are productive, according to The Truth about Meeting Culture, a survey released by Mersive.

Professionals spend enormous amounts of time in meetings—33% of meeting-goers attend 10 or more meetings per week, according to the report. The survey further reveals that engagement and maintaining meeting focus are the biggest challenges faced in meetings.

What’s a meeting organizer to do? Try these well-known tips and tricks—and little known secrets—for driving employee productivity at company meetings from our resident experts. We’ll start off with three secrets from Paul Rulkens, president of Agrippa Consulting International, an expert in high performance and author of The Power of Preeminence.

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8 Things That Can Go Wrong When Hosting a Customer Meeting

Whether customer meetings are hosted onsite or offsite, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Nearly every business professional has been witness to at least several of the following scenarios. Some may have simply been minor distractions; others may have been show-stoppers where deals were lost or service issues were left unresolved.

1. Obscure Address. Not every company is able to afford a location that is easy to find. While your office location may fully satisfy day-to-day business functions, it may not be the best location for a customer meeting. Indeed, beyond a late start to the meeting, having customers “frantically” searching for a hard-to-find address creates a bad customer disposition before the customer even arrives at your location.
Tip – Davinci Meeting Rooms are Google optimized so they are easy to find and direct your clients to. Your client will always find the address as we already took the necessary steps to make Google aware of the location.

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The Tide Has Turned On What It Takes To Run a Successful Meeting

It used to be that when a company or manager planned a meeting, their employees participated with apparent interest, be it real or feigned, by demonstrating visual attentiveness. Regardless of whether they were into it or not, most employees would listen intently, and did so out of manners and courtesy, at which time they provided their undivided attention.

In many corners these days, all bets are off when it comes to the old standards of having facial and body language be the primary indicator of how attentive the meeting attendees are. Many Gen-Y/Millennial digital natives don’t provide such continual eye-contact during meetings — and unless it’s an old school ‘digital immigrant’ conducting the meeting and upholding the traditional cultural standard of visual attentiveness, the meeting leader doesn’t expect it, either.

Why?

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The ‘Mouse That Roars’ Inside Of Us: The Dreaming, Winning Entrepreneur

As the old book and movie ‘The Mouse That Roared’ reminds us, the little guy that dreams big can win big. In fact, all victories start with the firing up of the imagination.  Inside of us, we all have a mouse ready to roar. The trick is how to make that roaring dream become a reality.

The road to success takes different paths. Sometimes it’s a burning desire that was triggered by an unexpected motivating experience, or maybe it’s getting a kick out of receiving recognition and being heralded for something that felt great when you did it. It’s the child who made people laugh and grew up to be a brilliant comedian, or it’s the accomplished designer, doctor, race car driver or anyone else that experienced a spark, and dared to dream that someday they’d reach loftier heights by pursuing more of that magical touch that made them feel victorious.

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