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📌 Today’s tip: Pin the friendliest face on Zoom.

It’s been more than a year since many of us started working remotely and big Zoom meetings are still as awkward as ever. When it’s your turn to speak, you scan the grid of faces: Some look bored, others look way…

How to always come with something meaningful to say

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Most workers intuitively get the concept of professional idea management (or PIM, as no one refers to it). We know not to unleash all of our brilliance in one supreme moment during a meeting.

“Instead of parallel-pathing it, let’s perpendicular-path it! And add additional customer support. …

🎨 Today’s tip: Level up your meeting doodling game with this fun tool.

Video calls are a great way to become acquainted with the unique contours of your own Resting Bored Face, i.e. the face you make, apparently, while spacing out in meetings. …

📆 Today’s tip: Start meetings at 5 after, to give everyone a minute to breathe.

In a recent Zoom meeting here at Medium, Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, deputy editor at ZORA, casually mentioned a potentially life-changing schedule hack: start meetings at an odd time, like five minutes after the hour. In…

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In ways both in and out of our control, this is an era of less: Our worlds are smaller. Our functioning brain cells are fewer. But we can enter the new year resolving to do less, to grind less — and to spend a lot less time in meetings.


🎙️ Today’s Tip: Your holiday Zoom needs hosts.

At this point, we’ve Zoomed enough to know that not all video chats are created equal. …

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As I type this, I’m staring at the faces of four of my colleagues (hi, guys!), each of whom looks lost in their own thoughts. Someone briefly un-mutes to make a joke about forgetting they’re on a video call and accidentally doing something weird. …

There are few better uses of your time than a fully focused conversation

Illustration: Justin Cassano

Every new manager learns this rule: Meet with your direct reports, one-on-one, every week or so. Every new manager also soon encounters this truth: These meetings can often feel meandering or awkward, and are easy to skip when everyone gets busy.

Similarly, outside of work, it’s easy to go days…

Time is valuable, and meetings don’t have to waste it

Illustration: Justin Cassano

Everyone loves to hate meetings. For good reason.

For one thing, they’re expensive: Organizations devote copious quantities of well-compensated employee time to meetings. One management consulting firm’s survey found that about 15% of an organization’s total collective time is spent in meetings, a proportion that has been rising.

Meetings can…

Science-backed, Mafia-approved

Two young businesspeople discussing a document during a walking meeting.
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Something magical seems to happen to our minds when we walk.

J. K. Rowling said, “There’s nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.” Charles Dickens worked in intense five-hour blocks before his daily 10- to 12-mile constitutional. “I could not keep my health otherwise,” he insisted. …


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