The 25 Minute Meeting

Are your meetings stuck in a rut of endless ego-fluffing sessions and unproductive waffle?

No more! Put an end to it today with the 25-minute meeting.

The 25 Minute Meeting goes beyond “cut to the chase” and shows you how to take back your work day with smarter planning and more productive action. Meetings have become a de facto way of working, and as they pile up and stretch to interminable lengths, they eat up our days and sink productivity—if they are poorly planned and run. Done well, meetings are short, sharp, productive affairs that provide critical time and space for the interactions that drive business forward. This book shows you how to effectively and efficiently recover your time with a roadmap to the 25-minute meeting.

A clear framework walks you through the entire meeting process, with emphasis on timing, focus, and time frames, and illustrative case studies show how real-world meetings have transformed from painful to purposeful with a few simple changes. From purging the invite list, to shutting down irrelevant tangents and facilitating more efficient communication, this book can help you reclaim your lost hours without sacrificing collaboration.

  • Learn the art and science of conducting short, useful, purposeful meetings

  • Follow a clear framework for meeting planning, preparation, and participation

  • Assess your meetings’ effectiveness using helpful checkpoints in each chapter

  • Boost your meetings’ impact with variety and visuals—without adding unnecessary time

A well-run meeting is a goldmine of opportunity for Getting Things Done; it is where the diverse set of talents on your team come together into a whole of achievement—it is your most valuable commodity. It’s time to leave dusty, boring, time-sucking meetings in the past and revolutionize the way we come together. The 25 Minute Meeting shows you a fresh, more productive approach to working, cooperating, collaborating, and communicating the 21st century way.

"The 25 Minute Meeting is the game changer for organisations and leaders to get laser focused on what matters. The default one-hour meetings mean people aren’t thinking consciously about what the purpose of the meeting is or what the ideal outcome needs to be. In a world of trying to do more with less, The 25 Minute Meeting is the disruptor to create a productive and high performing team."
Jane Anderson, Australia’s most awarded personal branding expert, author of 5 books, certified speaker, mentor to industry leaders
"For a large number of modern day executives meetings are a necessary evil — whether global, regional or local, conducted face to face or virtually across multiple time zones, meetings are a way of life. Unfortunately, many meetings don’t achieve the intended purpose of communication, alignment or execution while wasting valuable time and energy! I applaud The 25 Minute Meeting which tackles not just the ‘why’ of meetings but also the ‘how’ of saving 35 minutes per traditional 60-minute meeting!"
Daryl Mahon, Vice President Human Resources - Ford Australia & New Zealand, Ford Motor Company

Free sample chapters of Donna's best selling productivity books

  • The 1 Day Refund

  • The First 2 Hours

  • The 25 Minute Meeting

Sharpen your focus and tighten your time frames to get more done in less time
Here we offer free templates, articles and links to information that will help you have more productive and purposeful meetings.

The resources pack includes:

  • Bad Meeting Checklist

  • Experiment 1 - Painful to Purposeful Record

  • Experiment 2 - From Autopilot to Action Hero

  • Experiment 3 - Just Do it

  • Experiment 4 - Being Purposeful

  • Experiment 5 - People Worksheet

  • Experiment 6 - POPP template

  • Experiment 7 - "No Slides" Meetings

  • Experiment 8 - Make Space

  • Experiment 9 - Setting yourself up for success

  • Experiment 10 - Rapport

  • Experiment 11 - "Produce" Template

  • Experiment 12 - "Proceed Template"

  • Experiment 13 - Be a radio producer

  • Experiment 14 - Mix it up

  • Experiment 15 - Grow your visual vocabulary

  • The 15 Minute Meeting Roadmap

  • Bonus - Facilitation Map Template

  • Bonus - Formal Meeting Agenda Template

  • Bonus - Meeting Charter Template

"As a leader of busy teams, it’s important to me to continue finding ways to balance productivity at work with what’s important to all of us outside the office … life! Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Bill Gates are amongst those that have offered practical tips on how to make meetings more productive, but it’s trusted team facilitator and workplace performance guru, Donna McGeorge who really brings it altogether in this great read on how to practically reduce the many, many, many, (… many) unproductive hours we spend in meetings for meetings’ sake. I thought I’d hit a personal best getting some of my meetings to 45 minutes but clearly there’s room to improve!"
Cath Stone, Director Donor Services, Red Cross Blood Service
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"Immediately useful. At least three changes I can make this week to get more out of the meetings I need to be at, and get out of those I don’t."
Anne-Marie Johnson, ACA, GAICD, Director Professional Services
"It is rare that you can read a book, immediately apply practical advice tips and tools and change the way you work. If meetings continue to be a drain on your time, give this book a try — a great read."
Gayle Antony, General Manager, Global Learning and Development, Nissan Motor Company

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