CEO’s spend 67% of their time in meetings. The higher you climb in leadership, the more meeting you’ll be expected to attend.

Good meetings are important; bad meetings are a devastating time waster.

Before you decide to hold, or even attend a meeting, there are five questions you need to ask:

1. What is the purpose of the meeting?

2. Who will attend?

3. Why have I been invited?

4. What would you like me to come prepared to contribute?

5. How long will it last?

Use the answer to these five questions to determine whether attendance is truly the best use of your time.

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Mark Sanborn
About Mark Sanborn

Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is an international bestselling author and noted expert on leadership, team building, customer service and change. Mark Sanborn graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University. In addition to his work as a business educator and author, Mark continues to be an active leadership practitioner. Most recently he served as the president of the National Speakers Association.

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