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Team Leadership: 20 Proven Tools for Success by Glenn Parker

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Meetings FAQ

How long should a meeting be? After about 90 minutes, meeting effectiveness diminishes. Therefore, no meeting should go beyond 90 minutes without a break.

Should you take a break during a meeting? If you meeting must run for two hours, schedule a break at the end of one hour. The break should be no longer than 10 minutes, but it can be as short as a quick stretch break which gives participants a chance to stand, move around and do a stretching exercise.

How do you keep the meeting on track? First, you need a “track,” and that is the agenda. With the agenda you can stop members who go off on a tangent by saying, “that’s interesting, Gloria, and we can discuss it at another time, but let’s get back to our current agenda item.” You ...

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