Shorten Your Meetings This Year

February 27, 2023
Executive Coaching

Once when I was interviewed on television about my book, PerfectTIMING, the interviewer asked me what the ideal length of a meeting is. I said,

“Shorter than the Last One”


I really believe that sometimes our meetings start to get longer and longer and we don’t even think about making them 15-30minutes shorter. And having a shorter meeting doesn’t always mean you are leaving out valuable information.


Whenever I do Stand-Up Meetings I find that we cover all the essential information, but people get to the point, and we end up with a shorter meeting.


I thought of this concept the other day during mass. This Sunday and the previous one we had two different priests.



I think he felt we weren’t getting our “collections-worth” if he didn’t talk for about 30 minutes. The result was that he made a statement and then said it nine different ways. At the end I think people were confused about what his point was—just like me.



This was a visiting, retired priest who delivered his homily in about 4 minutes. He made a wonderful point and people applauded him afterward. If they were like me, they were applauding for two reasons. Reason # 1 is that he made a great point. Reason #2 was that he kept it short and concise.


How about you?

How long are your meetings going to be this week?

Try shortening them and see what reaction you get. You may be even more popular (and effective) than you already are.

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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