#3: if your goal is to remind people of the tradeoffs and focus on the ROI
The fundamental 3 meeting efficiency questions still remain: Should we have this meeting right now? Is this the right format for this decision? Do we have the right people? Does everyone in this room need to be here? For the whole time?
The problem isn’t the meeting itself, or even the person who is brute-forcing the attention of stakeholders. Having too many meetings is a side effect of poor decision-making culture.
#1: if your goal is to free up people who aren’t needed
Should we excuse anyone who feels they aren’t needed to make this decision?
#2: if your goal is to free up yourself (by delegating to someone else in the meeting)
I really want to help you make this meeting as productive as possible. I’m not sure my presence is required as <another person in marketing> is already attending, and they’re a great representative for our team.
Before we start, is it possible for us to quickly evaluate the ROI on the discussion we're about to have?
#4: if your goal is to get the discussion back on track
We all want to maximize the value of everyone’s time here, so let’s keep things focused by <insert your suggestion for focus>
#5: if your goal is to cancel an unnecessary meeting
I know we all have other urgent and important work. Let’s give ourselves this time back to focus on more critical efforts.
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