Face to face meetings: when they are useful

I’ve struggled with having too many meetings where I didn’t find them useful, but I felt that there is 10 minutes of useful information so I go to get that info.

This particular week, I’ve had several useful meetings. The 3 attributes of these meetings that made them particularly productive are

1) They are 30 minutes so it forces us to get to the point
2) It’s not one way sharing of information, rather it was setting context and then a lot of discussion and answering questions. In the end, both sides ended up getting what they wanted.
3) The right people was in the room, there is no “I’ll ask this other person later”