It’s widely known today that Americans are some of the hardest workers in the world, or at least some of the longest-working workers in the world. (And the UK isn’t far behind.) You don’t have to be a coal miner, The President, an Alaskan crab fisherman, or an audio transcription professional—the amount of work the average employee spends in work-related activities today may surprise you.
Some sources claim that American office workers attend, on average, about 60 business meetings per month.
(I’m not a mathematician, but I’m pretty sure that’s 720 business meetings a year. Seven hundred and twenty.)
With how poorly organized most business meetings are, that equates to a whole lot of wasted time. In fact, according to HubSpot, it all adds up to at least 31 completely wasted hours per month.
And what about the time that isn’t wasted? Well, as anyone who has ever been in a meeting before knows—and we’re guessing you have—once you exit the door of that conference room, much of what was discussed during the meeting tends to fly right out the window.
While the Western world’s obsession with having unproductive meetings is unlikely to change overnight, there are ways we can improve the value of meetings. What is the #1 way to have better quality meetings? You guessed it—the answer is audio transcription.
Get it on Record: Make Audio Transcription Work for You
One word: Accountability. Having a record of exactly what was said (and who is in charge of what) during a meeting has obvious value, but there is another huge benefit to having an audio transcription policy: When attendees know that they’re being recorded, they are more likely to stay on track. In addition, knowing that what they are saying is on record may encourage them to contribute more value to the meeting.
So you’ve decided to record the audio of your meetings. Where do you start? Check out this article for tips on recording business meetings like a pro. (Also see our earlier post about conference call recording and transcription.)
Now, Actually Have the Meeting’s Audio Transcribed
As many savvy managers already know, you can get a lot more out of the time you spend in meetings already know by having them transcribed. Of course, tying up employees by relegating them to hours of tedious audio transcription isn’t necessarily an optimal way to make the company more productive. Fortunately, it is reasonably inexpensive to outsource audio transcription to an online transcription service like iScribed.
In addition to the above tips, Forbes gives these seven tips for having more effective meetings.
- Have Clear Objectives
- Consider Who is in Attendance
- Stick to the Schedule
- Don’t Let One Person Monopolize the Conversation
- Start on Time, End on Time
- Ban Technology
- Follow Up with Attendees
Of course, Tip #6—banning technology—might be one to take with a grain of salt if you’re intent on improving productivity by transcribing your meetings. Unless you’re keen on hiring a real-time (superhuman) audio transcription professional or using a wax cylinder to keep records of your meetings, make an exception for a digital recorder (placed properly, of course).
Outside of that small caveat, of course, let your attendees know that their iPhone marimbas and the dreaded Samsung whistles will not be tolerated. If only it was possible to extend this policy beyond the conference room doors (like, say, to your favorite coffee shop).
What are your tips for making meetings more effective? Tweet at us @iscribed and let us know!
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