I just read one of the greatest tips about meetings I think I've ever seen.
First, credit where credit is due. This came from Harvard Business Review's "Management Tip of the Day". Off and on they have some good information. If you're interested, you can go to this link and get a daily email of some good, some mediocre, and some great tips.
This tip's title: "Stop Going to So Many Meetings." Yeah! Great idea!
Here's the best suggestion included. "Before saying yes to an invitation, ask yourself, 'If I was sick on the day of this meeting, would it need to be rescheduled?' If you answer 'no,' then decline the meeting"
That...is a great idea. What a fantastic approach to determine if a meeting is "Must See TV" or just an infomercial.
The piece goes on to provide some ideas about what to do instead of attending the meeting, but just that nugget alone was worth the price of admission.
And I'll add one thing: Do everyone a favor – when putting together those meetings invites, take a second look at the list and, if you have invited anyone for whom you would not cancel the meeting, take them off the list.