I've never heard anyone complain about a meeting or presentation that was too short, have you?
My friend, Marty, and I were just discussing a surgical procedure. He may have to have the same one that I experienced a few years ago. Marty is a very intelligent, thoughtful guy who asks the right kinds of questions. But his most animated question was: "How long does it take?!"
I laughed, given that the Doc could probably make it last for about a week and a half depending upon the anesthesiologist's mood and sense of humor.
But the real answer was '45 minutes'.
So…have you filtered your meeting-thinking or presentation prep the same way? Could you say and accomplish more with less?
The Leader's Guide to Slide Surgery
1. Do I need so many slides? (You don't).
2. Do I need every slide in this section? (Probably not).
3. Do I need this slide? ( I don't know, but you should be sure).
4. What can I say with fewer words? (You'll feel the love).
Your group will appreciate the brevity. This reflects preparation on your part that translates into respect for them. You'll also create the kind of "meeting white space" that generates the real discussion needed to make something happen.
What will you eliminate?
Bonus Leadership Reading: Check out how you view leaders and the notion of "institutionalizing them" at Managing Leadership. Jim Stroup will give you something to ponder.