June 12, 2012

12-Minute Meetings

Sometimes, meetings can be a drag, especially when your boss likes to listen to himself for endless and countless hours. Furthermore, he’ll probably be upset afterwards because you missed some of his points and you lacked time to complete all your work.

Maybe someone could introduce him to the 12-Minute Segment Rule.

Use The 12-Minute Segment Rule

During a meeting, each speech or presentation should be limited to 12-Minute segments because for most people, the optimum concentration period is only 12 minutes. Beyond that, the average person won’t be able to focus and follow explanations.  

To effectively get your point across, try to stay concise and brief.

If your topic requires more time, you should at least plan to change the pace after 12 minutes. For instance, you could answer questions, tell a funny story, use a different media or set up a brainstorming session.