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Nature of Scheduling Business Meetings

Published October 1, 2009

meetingsI typically have a few in-person meetings per week with prospects and existing clients. Sometimes I can go a whole week without a meeting and sometimes my schedule is packed. This week, it is jammed packed.

Being closed this past Monday and being away at a conference next week, I had no choice but to schedule all of my meetings this week.

Now keep in mind, we are not the type of company that has many internal meetings. We do have internal meetings, but not many and when we do, they are quick. So most my meetings are with people outside of our company. There are some people who basically have meetings all day, that is not me, nor this company. So for me to have 2 meetings in a single day, that is a lot, 3 meetings in a day, well that is way too many.

On Tuesday, I had four meetings. Tuesday was a hard day in itself because it was a day after being offline completely for the holiday. Wednesday, all afternoon, we had an out of office meeting that took up the whole afternoon. Today, Thursday, I did billing for three hours this morning and now have three meetings in the afternoon. Tomorrow, Friday, I have five meetings - five!

To many, this might not sound like a lot of meetings. But based on what other work I have to do, a meeting can really set me back big time. I often have 30 plus emails to go through after a single one-hour meeting. So having 5 meetings in a single day, really is painful.

Of course, this is the nature of the business and I rarely turn down meetings, especially if they are willing to come to my office. I just wish they would be evenly distributed over the course of the year and not all piled up into a single short week.

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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