Everyone has taken part to some meetings that proved to be a waste of precious time and energies.

In order to avoid attending pointless meetings that will lead to nowhere, it is important to be capable of identifying such events in advance.

Here are five questions by Paul Newton that “one should always ask himself before attending a meeting”:

1. What is its aim?
2. Does it have a timed agenda?
3. Are the communications clear?
4. Will it be well managed?
5. Is the chair effective?

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