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- [Announcer] This content is brought to you by GetAbstract. - [Instructor] Many managers regard inefficient, unproductive, or boring meetings as an unavoidable business flaw. Professor Steven G. Rogelberg challenges this assumption with ideas on how to stop wasting time and energy by facilitating better meetings. He bases his advice on research, best practices, and surveys. Rather than canceling meetings, he says improve them by being mindful and skillful about their design and delivery. He suggests short, standing meetings, which offer health benefits, satisfaction, and efficiency. To improve your meeting culture, try his smart strategies. Acknowledge that meetings can cause a lot of frustration and assess your meetings to seek improvements. Everyone needs to meet for team discussions, inter-department alignment, and group decision making, but everyone needs to meet effectively. Meetings can cause frustration, especially when they waste time and energy due to a bad meeting culture. Think of the opportunity costs. While you're stuck with your colleagues in a meeting, you could all be spending time doing real work. When your company manages meetings effectively, meetings add to productivity and organizational cohesion. And when it doesn't, they add to cost. In 2014, meetings cost the United States economy about $1.4 trillion, roughly 8% of the nation's GDP that year.