Meetings can be a significant waste of company time and resources. Most anecdotal surveys find that over 60% of meeting time is considered to be wasted by those who attend. With an estimated 11 million meetings (A DAY!), imagine the increase in productivity if meetings could be eliminated, or more realistically, planned and managed more effectively.
Meeting Management software should manage the entire meeting process, from initial planning (Do we really need to meet?) to considering the objectives and outcomes of the meeting to which individuals should be involved and the topics that should be discussed. A good meeting management solution would be available to everyone via a web-browser interface and would allow the meeting planner to distribute preparation materials or information and assign tasks before and after the meeting. Finally, a good meeting management product would help the meeting planner capture decisions, action items and "parking lot" ideas and record them. Additionally, the software would help ensure that the decision and action items are followed up and completed.
Got your attention so far? Good. The firm I work with has built such a product and is seeking firms which are interested in managing meetings more effectively to beta test our Meeting Studio product. There's no obligation and no installation requirement, as we can host the application and allow your team to work with it. Realize this is a beta test and that means there may be certain "undocumented features" but we're using it internally and it seems to be working quite well for us as well as several early alpha testers.
If you are interested in beta testing a good new meeting management product, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be happy to discuss the software with you. Feel free to email me even if you don't want to test the software if you have ideas for workgroup and enterprise productivity that you'd like to discuss.