In workplaces everywhere, there are a lot of meetings. Meetings for strategy, meetings for follow-up, meetings intended to improve communication, and so many more. Imagine if your meeting cancelled, what would happen?
In bad or difficult weather conditions, schools and businesses shut down. For some that is a good time, for others not so much.
For the restaurant it often means revenue lost since people will still eat that day but not at their restaurant. It is a loss they won’t get back the next day because people won’t eat twice as much. It is gone, forever.
Similar situations exist internally in our organizations. Sometimes the meeting feels needed, and other times it is taken for granted, much of the time participants feel redundancy and wasted time.
If your meeting was cancelled today, or postponed until the next day what would happen? What would happen to revenue, production goals, or new client acquisitions? Does the sales funnel get a dent or a bulge?
When the meeting is cancelled certainly some will rejoice. Their excitement may come from a reduction in stress, a temporary reprieve from workload, or not having to listen to redundant chatter.
What would you do if the meeting were cancelled?
Would you take the time to do something constructive? What if you started early on your next task did that one thing that you’ve been procrastinating about, or helped someone else with a project that has fallen behind?
Imagine if you jumped in and started selling, invited people to participate, and encouraged productivity for time gained, not time lost.
Then the real magic starts. What if all of the activity gained, new opportunities explored, and bottom line results were better than what came before?
Would you suggest the meeting is rescheduled?
More Is Better?
When we work from the mindset of more is always better we may discover a hidden gem. Abundance often has two sides, gain and loss.
Perhaps the meeting wasn’t necessary after all. Maybe you should cancel more.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.