Tips to Help Entrepreneurs Weather the February Hustle and Bustle

BY Jay O’Connor

Tips to Help Entrepreneur

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February is known as the month of romance, but did you know that it’s also the busiest meeting month of the year?

If you find yourself running around the office jumping from one conference room to another or dialing in for one call after another, you’re not alone. In fact, the first quarter of 2014 is poised to be the busiest meeting season of the year due to the holiday break, and 25 percent more meetings take place in February than any other month of the year, according to Blue Jeans Network’s State of Modern Meetings report.

At the same time, because the U.S. is experiencing one of the coldest seasons in decades – with the Polar Vortex, massive snowstorms and plummeting temperatures — some professionals have been unable to make it to work for days at a time. But that isn’t stopping meetings from occurring. In fact, winter storms resulted in 20 percent more online meetings than a typical day in 2013 based on the same report by Blue Jeans Network. A main reason for this spike is because mobile and cloud technologies are allowing many folks to work and conduct meetings from their homes and other remote locations.

When remote meetings are the best option for employees, the question is how to keep those employees as productive as possible when working from home. Here’s a set of tips to help entrepreneurs prepare for February and effectively manage meetings and their teams when working from home as this atypical artic weather marches on.

Say goodbye to long meetings. Because February is a serious time-cruncher for everyone, you need to think carefully at how long a meeting should take before you schedule it. The average duration of a meeting is 45 minutes based on the same report by Blue Jeans, so strive to finish most meetings in 30 minutes by keeping everyone focused and avoiding small talk.

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