Start Meetings On Time

Learn this trick to get all your coworkers to the meeting on time.

Stever Robbins
1-minute read

Quick Tip: How to Start Meetings On Time

There's nothing that's more of a time suck than waiting for people to show up to a meeting. You say, "The meeting will start promptly at 2pm," and people think they can be a few minutes late. After all, they aren't the one sitting in a conference room twiddling their thumbs waiting; you are.

Instead, schedule your meetings for odd times: 2:05pm, 11:13am. People remember the meeting time and they're there on time. I have no idea why it works, but I'll go check out some scientific journals and see what I can figure out. Meet you back here in 9 minutes, exactly.

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.