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Not having the right people in the room is one of the top ten complaints people have about wasted meetings. Many organizations have a bad habit of including everybody and their sister on meeting invites. This just wastes time and dilutes engagement. Don’t let this happen. Go back to the purpose of the meeting.

Ask yourself:

  •  In order to accomplish our purpose, who needs to be in the room?
  • Whose input, support, knowledge, or expertise is needed to reach the meeting goals?

Then, make sure those people are invited, available, and committed. If possible, try to limit the attendance of people who aren’t needed. Do what you can to invite the right people and only the right people.