"When all is said and done, more is said than done". - Lou Holtz

Meetings in America (1)

  • Business professionals attend an average of 62 meetings per month.
  • American CEO's spend 17 hours per week in meetings.
  • Senior executives average 23 hours per week in meetings.
  • Mid-managers find themselves in meetings 11 times per week.
Studies of meeting trends and attitudes report that 50-60% of meeting time is wasted.
  • 91% of people report that they day dream during meetings.
  • 95% missed parts of meetings to avoid being asked questions.
  • 73% brought other work to meetings.
  • 39% dozed during meetings.
  • 73% expressed concerns about work that piles up while they are in meetings.
Conservatively, meeting waste translates to 4 business days per month lost.


1. A network MCI Conferencing White Paper. Meetings in America: A study of trends, costs and attitudes toward business travel, teleconferencing, and their impact on productivity (Greenwich, CT: INFOCOMM, 1998).

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