There are some great lessons to be learned from speed dating that can be applied to meetings.
Speed dating was introduced in 1998 as a way to get singles to meet other singles by going on a series of “dates” lasting no longer than 3 minutes. In just three minutes, speed daters need to make a first impression and present their “pitch” while sizing up the person sitting across from them. In fact, a study showed that 67% of speed daters actually make up their mind on a match within the first 30 seconds.
So how can we apply the techniques from speed dating to turn meetings in to Speed Meetings? Here are eight tips:
1. Have a single facilitator run the meeting
2. Present an agenda with a clear, measurable goal as the outcome
3. Provide the meeting topic to attendees the day before
4. Have all attendees prepare a 3-minute pitch on the topic
5. Move away from ideas that don’t “stick” within 30 seconds
6. Keep the meeting room tech-free
7. Propose an end-time and adhere to it
8. Designate a note taker to distribute meeting notes to attendees
Try these techniques at your next meeting and you’ll be surprised at how much more productive (and faster) meetings can be.