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5 ways to make meetings more useful

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Research has found that unproductive meetings cost the UK £582 million a week. Poor preparation and a tendency to go off-topic can ruin your plans for efficiency, but there are certain steps you can take when wrapping up a meeting to ensure everyone gets the right message from it. 1 Go through the agenda again […]

Marriott launches instant online meeting booker

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Marriott hotels in the UK is set to shake up the hospitality sector and promises to take the pain out of booking meetings with a revolutionary new online system. The global group has launched a pioneering live meeting booker – which allows users to access up to date availability and pricing to secure meeting space […]

Poor meeting preparation is harming businesses

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Badly prepared, over-running business meetings are harming businesses, say the directors and managers who are wasting almost three days on average a year in unproductive meetings. To make matters worse, more than a half (51%) of UK business managers say they have been to meetings where documents were found to be missing or else incorrect, […]

Delegates don’t feel encouraged to participate in meetings

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More needs to be done by event organisers to encourage participation in meetings, according to research carried out by Imago Venues. While gaining knowledge, building relationships and learning from peers and colleagues rank highly as reasons why people commit their time to attending meetings, the results show that just 51% of delegates and 37% of […]

App of the week: Miranda

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Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on helpful apps. We focus on a variety of products that are useful for work, personal use, or both, providing our own thoughts on the apps and what you can do with them. This week we schedule meetings for colleagues based across multiple time zones with the help of Miranda. […]

CWT 2017 Meetings & Events Forecast predicts event growth

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CWT Meetings & Events has launched its 2017 Forecast. CWT uses data and insights about all aspects of the industry to provide meeting planners essential information they need to successfully plan and budget for the coming year. From a global perspective, analysts predict GDP growth will be slightly lower in 2017, so now is the time for […]

Digital tools shunned at UK board meetings

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New research with senior business executives has revealed that many UK boards are not utilising digital tools in meetings, with 59% admitting that minutes are still hand written and then circulated once typed out. The research, conducted by TLF Research for technology firm eShare, also revealed an overwhelming reliance on email for sharing agendas and other meeting information. […]

Top tips for meeting planners from Cvent

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So you’ve been tasked with planning your organisation’s next big meeting, conference, or convention and your boss has asked you to ‘shake things up a little’ and consider unfamiliar destinations and hotels. Basically, you need to start the planning process from scratch if you’re going to succeed in delivering something that is fresh and unique. […]

Unproductive meetings cost the UK economy £582 million a week

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Researched commissioned by Altodigital has revealed that over-run meetings cost the UK economy a staggering £582 million a week, with 95% of those questioned admitting that they have meetings that regularly over run, and more than half (53%) agreeing that some could definitely have been conducted more efficiently. The poll of 1000 office workers from […]

1 in 3 meeting attendees are falling asleep

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The afternoon drop in productivity across the nation’s meeting attendees is a well-known occurrence according to a recent survey, with 44% of respondents confirming they feel less productive between 2pm-4pm. A recent global survey by Hilton, which uncovered the habits of British, German and US meeting attendees, revealed that more than one in three (34%) […]

Half of UK companies still using paper to produce board packs

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Research with UK-based company secretaries has revealed an astonishing reliance on paper at board level, with around half of organisations (48%) still using paper to produce board packs for board-level meetings. The research, conducted by technology firm eShare, revealed that the average board pack contained 96.7 pages, and with the average company having 8.1 directors on […]

How to maintain productivity when your schedule is full of meetings

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Research shows that the average UK office worker spends two years of his or her life preparing for and sitting in on meetings. How can anyone get any actual work done? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam recently wrote for Fast Company with top tips to you maintain productivity when you’re stuck in meetings. Plan ahead […]

96% rank strategic meetings management as successful

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Companies that have implemented a programme for the strategic management of meetings (SMM) say their programmes are successful, though they also say there is still more work to do. The key benefits of an SMM programme are greater transparency of spend, cost reductions, improved compliance, risk mitigation and, ultimately, improved effectiveness of their meetings and […]

UK office workers spend two years of their lives on meetings

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Office workers in the UK are spending increasing amounts of time preparing for and attending meetings – around 25% of their working week – according to new research from eShare. The survey of 1,005 office workers revealed that the average employee attends 3.7 meetings every week, spending one hour and nine minutes preparing and one hour […]

MeetingSquared app brings efficient meetings management

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MeetingSquared, a new app for anyone who organises or attends meetings has launched today, aiming to bring an end to the inefficient preparation, scheduling and management of meetings and providing an effective audit trail from meetings. The new management tool has been brought to market by eShare, the company behind board meeting management portal BoardPacks. MeetingSquared […]