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12 Ways to Make Your Next Meeting Your Worst Meeting

Studies show that we spend about 15 percent of our work week in meetings. If you’re lucky, right? Many of these meetings are a huge waste of time … and money.

We thought we’d list some ways to make sure the next meeting you run is a bad one:

#1 – Call a meeting even if you don’t have anything to discuss.
Better yet, just call a meeting on the fly because an important issue has come up for you, and you need answers now! It’s important to you so it must be the most important thing for everyone else.

#2 – If in doubt about whether someone should attend the meeting, invite them.

Or just call an all staff meeting, even if it only affects a small percentage of the group. It may be peripheral to their jobs, but they should hear it anyway!

#3 – Make your agenda so vague that no one knows what the meeting is about.

Don’t distribute it in advance so people can come to the meeting prepared. Keep them in the dark about what’s going to be discussed. The best way to do this – don’t have an agenda at all.

#4 – Don’t start the meeting on time.
Or up the ante … don’t be on time for your own meeting. It doesn’t matter if everyone is waiting for you. Your time is more valuable than theirs.

#5 – Kick off the meeting on a negative note.
Tell everyone how bad things are. Look for scapegoats – call them out in front of their peers. People just love that.

#6 – Don’t stick to the schedule.
Or don’t have a schedule at all. Who really cares when this meeting will be over? Nothing is more important than your meeting. Nobody else has anything to do.

#7 – Don’t ever defer a conversation to a later date.
Even if a point of discussion starts eating into precious time, keep it on the table. It was on your agenda, so it must be dealt with today. The meeting can either go long or you can just give the other points less attention.

#8 – Do most of the talking.
Don’t plan for participation. People love to hear you talk. Dominate the conversation. There’s no need for you to listen during a meeting. That’s certainly won’t help solve any problems.

#9 – When someone presents an idea, be quick to shoot them down.
There will be no free flow of ideas in your meeting! You’re in control. Who do they think they are anyway?

#10 – No matter how long your meeting runs, don’t take any breaks.
People love to just sit and sit and sit. It’s best to introduce new ideas to your staff or try to find the solution to an ongoing problem after they feel lethargic from a lack of activity. And of course, no one needs to use the restroom.

#11 – Let that guy (or gal), who loves to hear himself (or herself) talk, go on and on.
Don’t cut them off. Don’t bring the meeting back to its focus.

#12 – Make sure nothing gets accomplished.
When the meeting is finally over, there should be no plans for action, no decisions should have been made, no issues should get resolved, and no follow up should be scheduled. People love sitting around in meetings that don’t accomplish anything.

Our bigg quote today is by Steve Kaye:

“An employee who needs permission to buy a box of paperclips can spend
tens of thousands of dollars worth of employee time on bad meetings.”

Waste is waste … whether it’s paper clips or time.

What are your pet peeves about meetings? Leave a Comment and let us know.

 

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Believe and the Sky is Your Limit

By Bigg Success Staff
05-28-08

Timeless Principles

Do you believe you will succeed?

Really, truly believe it?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt believe it?

You must believe that you can succeed in order to succeed.

You have to believe that you can accomplish something in order to accomplish it.

You must believe that you can reach your goals in order to reach your goals.

You have to believe in yourself.

You must believe that you are in full control of your own destiny.

You have to believe that you, and you alone, determine your ultimate destination.

You must believe that you will persevere in order to persevere.

You have to believe that you will overcome so that you overcome.

You must believe that you can reach the sky in order for the sky to be your limit.

Believe!

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Why It Pays to be Late for Work

A friend of ours said that he can he can usually control when he gets to work, but he can’t always control when he leaves. So that got us thinking …

It pays to be late for work!

Now obviously, some people don’t have the flexibility to get in later. But a lot of us do! And sometimes the best way to balance your life is to live your life before you go to work!

5 examples
 
#1 – Meditation
On the show, George said that, as a boy, his mom and dad started every day with family devotions. They felt like this was the best way to start the day, and it meant the family would be together at least that one time.

#2 – Exercise
Mary-Lynn has a friend who loves yoga. She started a new job, which often required her to work late. So she didn’t have time for yoga. She talked to her boss, who fully understood. Now she exercises before work and is much more productive and sane at work!

#3 – Hobby
George has a friend whose hobby is woodworking. He starts every morning at his workbench. He says it’s good medicine for him.

#4 – Course

Mary-Lynn has a friend who wants to start her own business, so she’s taking an online accounting course. It’s the first thing she works on after she gets her kids off to school.

#5 – Family breakfast

We have some friends who wanted the whole family together at dinner. However, with their two teenagers, it never seemed to work for all of them. So now, they eat breakfast together. It doesn’t fit all of their schedules every day, but they eat together much more often than they would if they were still trying to do it at dinner.

How to find the time

These little stories are great, but how do you get the flexibility to start your work day later? Let’s look at two scenarios:

Scenario 1: You have complete control of your schedule.
You may occasionally need to be to work early, but for the most part, you set the time you arrive each day.

You don’t necessarily have to jump in with both feet – start off with a day or two. Pick a day of the week and get to work late. See how it works for you. Are you happier? You very well may find that getting to work later helps you get more done while you’re there.

If it works for you, you can always add days.

Scenario 2: You need to negotiate to come in later.
Use any leverage you may have, like Mary-Lynn’s friend who wanted to exercise in the morning. If you’re a valued employee, there’s a good chance your boss will readily accept you coming in later. And again, it doesn’t have to be five days a week – maybe just a day or two to start.

If need be, use it as a bargaining tool. Would it be worth a little less money to get more flexibility with your time?

Our bigg quote today is by Robert Orben:

“Time flies. It’s up to you to be the navigator.”

So put the brakes on your morning rush to give yourself some extra drive.

Next time, with tax season coming to its end here in the United States, we’ll discuss how to go from refund to riches. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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What Causes Your Clutter?

By Bigg Success Staff
03-19-08

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According to Julie Morgenstern, you have to understand the root cause of your clutter to get rid of it. Julie is a speaker, productivity consultant, professional organizer, time management expert, and author of the best selling book Organizing from the Inside Out.

She says that popular opinion holds that clutter is caused by undesirable traits like laziness. She’s found that isn’t the case. Her research shows that there are three levels of clutter:

Level 1 – Technical errors
The most basic level of clutter means simple mistakes are being made, so they are relatively easy to fix. Errors here include not having a place for everything, having a place that’s not easily accessed, and too much “stuff” relative to the space you have.

Level 2 – External realities
At this level, things start moving outside your control. You may have too much to do with too little time to do it. You may be going through a transition of some sort. Your partner may be the issue. Or you simply just don’t have enough space.

Level 3 – Psychological obstacles
The third level means deeper issues are lurking beneath the surface. You may:

  • have a need for abundance
  • love the thrill of hunting for something you need
  • not have clear goals
  • have a sentimental attachment to your stuff
  • be a perfectionist

Now you can learn what’s causing your clutter. Oprah’s great people, along with Julie, offer a fantastic quiz to determine what causes your clutter. It will take you less than two minutes to answer the 15 questions.

When you’re done, you’ll see what level you’re at as well as get some solutions to begin getting rid of your clutter.

We have to go now – it turns out we need therapy!

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Don't Make This Costly Mistake

Which is better – a $100 decrease in costs or $100 increase in income?

It’s always good to increase our income, but more people get in trouble on the cost side. This applies to your business as well as your personal finances.

Your business
Assume that you own a retail store. Every product in your store sells for $100 and costs $40. So you keep $60 every time you sell a product.

Now let’s say you’re able to cut your expenses by $100. You get to keep all of it!

So, which is better? Cutting expenses by $100! That yields $40 more!

Now, you may ask, how do you do that? Here’s something we have learned …

As you get busy running your business, it’s easy for costs to creep in that aren’t increasing sales like you thought they would. Get rid of these costs!

One of the biggest complaints bankers have about small business people is that they are too focused on their top line (sales) and they don’t spend enough time thinking about the bottom line (profit).

In the long run, your profit can only grow as fast as your sales. But in the near-term, your bottom line will grow much faster if you keep a close eye on costs.

Your personal finances
This is the same story, but for a different reason. It’s all about taxes.

Let’s assume that you will pay 30 percent on your next $100 of income. So, if you make $100 more, you get to keep $70 after taxes.

But if you can spend $100 less, you’re $100 ahead because you’ve already paid the taxes on that money!

Let’s say you get a $5,000 a year pay raise. You decide to celebrate by buying a new house … you upgrade! Your mortgage payment is now $4,800 a year higher than it was before. But hey, you have $5,000 more income, so you’re still $200 ahead, right?

That’s BEFORE TAXES.

Once we factor in 30 percent for taxes ($1,500), you’re $1,300 behind!

And the bad news has just started. This new, bigger, more expensive house probably has higher property taxes; it costs more to insure; it requires more repairs and maintenance.

Before you know it, you’re $5,000 in the whole!

What should you do with the raise?

Once again, your specific situation will determine what you should do. Consider giving yourself a SMALL reward – you’ve earned it! Then, if you have any debt – particularly credit card debt – pay that off because your return will exceed almost any investment. And it’s a guaranteed return!

Once you have that debt paid off, the money becomes yours! Now you can invest it in things that will 38 jump start your passive income].

The bottom line is this – you have complete control over your expenses. You have to convince someone to say “yes” to make a sale or get a raise. It’s much easier to control your costs!

Where have you cut costs in your biz or personal life?
Share your tips with us!

You’ve probably heard our bigg quote today, but it was so fitting that we used it anyway. Here’s Ben Franklin –  

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

And we bet that, if ole’ Ben Franklin was around today, he’d think about the taxes he was paying and modify his quote to – A penny saved is BETTER than a penny earned!

Next time, we’ll continue the money talk, but with a twist. Comedic writer Jake Novak joins us to share his “Top 5 Signs You're Managing Your Money Like Wall Street.” Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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