Get Out of Unnecessary Meetings by Voicing Productive Alternatives

Get Out of Unnecessary Meetings by Voicing Productive Alternatives lifehacker Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Video index Skillet Two Cents Vitals App directory Gear Get Out of Unnecessary Meetings by Voicing Productive Alternatives Patrick Allan 5/27/15 1:30pm Filed to: meetings work job meeting productivity communication 12 2 Edit Promote Share to Kinja Toggle Conversation tools Go to permalink Some meetings can be a complete waste of time , especially when you know your presence isn’t essential. Here is a non-confrontational way to try and get out of those meetings so you can get back to your work. How to Have a Meeting That Isn't a Complete Waste of Time How to Have a Meeting That Isn't a Complete Waste of Time How to Have a Meeting That Isn't a Complete Waste… A badly managed meeting can suck away time, energy and money without being productive for anyone.… Read more Read more When you think a meeting is unnecessary—either for you or for everyone involved—it’s usually best to avoid telling the organizer that their meeting is pointless. Instead, Jayson Demers, the founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, suggests you frame your opinions in the context of alternative options: Advertisement Advertisement For example, rather than saying “I don’t need to be in this meeting,” you can say, “I think it might be more productive if I work on completing X Project this afternoon instead.” Or instead of saying “this meeting isn’t necessary,” you can say, “I think a detailed email update might be sufficient.” This strategy keeps your opinions from sounding like complaints or direct objections. Now, if they have a good reason for you to attend the meeting, they’ll inform you. If not, they’ll likely agree that your alternative is more productive, either for you or for everyone. Don’t just be a naysayer and bring something to the table. How to Get Out of an Unnecessary Meeting | Inc. Sponsored Photo by Xataka . Gear from Kinja Deals Your Pick For Best Fitness Tracker Is the Fitbit Charge HR Finally, True Wireless Headphones For $40 A More Advanced Label Maker Is Down to Just $10 Reply 12 replies Leave a reply You may also like Lanesplitter Seemingly Good Citizen Ruins Moment By Being An Asshole Yesterday 6:45pm Field Guide How to See Everything Your Browser Knows About You  Today 5:30am Jezebel Here's Tomi Lahren and Trevor Noah Having A Very Lively Chat on The Daily Show Yesterday 9:52pm Recent from Patrick Allan 1 21 7.4K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan The Loudest Possible Ways to Cheer for Your Team at a Sporting Event Yesterday 3:00pm 1 54 63.3K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan How a Stupid Joke Can Earn You More Money During Salary Negotiations Yesterday 2:30pm 11 16.1K Lifehacker · Patrick Allan Spark, the Super Customizable Email App, Is Now Available On Mac Yesterday 1:30pm Share Tweet About Blog Need Help? Content Guide Lifehacker Store Redirecting to the Lifehacker store in Disclaimer: You are leaving a Gizmodo Media Group, LLC website and going to a third party site, which is subject to its own privacy policy and terms of use. Continue Permissions Privacy Terms of Use Advertising Jobs RSS ©2016 Gizmodo Media Group Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.