Want a short meeting? Don’t end early, start late.

People always try to end meetings five or ten minutes before the top of the hour, and it never works. If I see a “20 minute” meeting scheduled to end at 2:50pm, I know it’s ending at 3:00pm.

So if you want a short meeting, don’t end early. Start late. Schedule a meeting from 2:40-3:00pm and that sucker will last 20 minutes guaranteed.

(Or better yet, don’t have the meeting at all.)

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