If you work with a phone or computer, chances are meetings are a regular part of your day. Many people I work with attend meetings for 6 to 7 hours each day; particularly those with national and global companies. Nearly everyone I interviewed told me that the meetings they attend are not very effective and the work could be handled in a better way.
Several years ago, when working at a large global bank, I attended a training on better meetings which changed the way I manage meetings every day. This simple process also gives me more time in each day.
In addition, I have included links to short, interactive tools to start your meetings better. You can help people leave the stress from what they just came from and allow everyone to connect and be present for the meeting you are in. Plus, when you are known for starting meetings with an activity, people tend to show up on time.