On the twenty-second entry of Tristan’s Tips, our special guest Tristan Layfield (@LayfieldResume) talks about meetings and how you can turn some of those unnecessary ones into emails.
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Tristan: What’s going on, y’all? It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. This week, we’re gonna talk about meetings and how you can turn some of those unnecessary ones into emails. Don’t you hate when you have a meeting at work, and by the end of it you feel like you’ve wasted a ton of time? Most managers can spend up to 50% of their time in meetings, but they consider 67% of the meetings that they attend to be failures. All of those unnecessary and unproductive meetings makes everyone hate them in general, so next time you’re the host of one, ask yourself – “Is it necessary to meet in person?” If the answer is no, then consider turning your meetings into an email. There are three main things you need to make sure are in your email. First, logistics. Explain why you’re canceling the meeting and set the expectations for the next meeting. The second thing? Action items. List any actions that need to be taken, who is supposed to complete them, and by when. To ensure people notice their responsibilities, make sure to put their names in bold so you know they’ll see it. The third and final thing? Updates. If there have been any changes in the information, be sure to provide those updates to the group. If you check my Instagram, @LayfieldResume, you can provide this tip where I also provide an email template that you can use in these instances. This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.