Better time management in meetings – with sociocracy

Longing for better time management in meetings? Curious what sociocracy has to offer? This video with Ted Rau ( gives an overview!


Meeting time – sometimes meetings seem to last forever, sometimes time just flies! As a participant, it’s easy to talk for 5 or 10 minutes straight and that can be 1/10 of the meeting used up already. As a facilitator, it’s excruciating to watch the time pass by, but for some, interrupting someone is even more excruciating. In a word, time management in meetings is hard. In this presentation, we will show all the places where we can improve our time management – both in in-person and in remote meetings.

  • Before the meeting: agenda planning. Create clarity for yourself as the facilitator and for participants so everyone can be relaxed about the meeting and can focus on the content of the meeting.
  • During the meeting: how to stay on topic, stick to time agreements, hold people accountable, how to shorten endless discussions and create.
  • How our organization affects meeting time (e.g. group size, clarity of role and circle domains) – outsource and delegating to make sure meeting time is spent on relevant topics.

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