TL;DR: EA Global meetings have a default time, but you can skip to the goal of the meeting and avoid the urge to fill the entire allotted time.

Background

I had a meeting with Lizka. It was 7 minutes. In the remaining time, we grabbed food, and decided to write this post together.

What was in our meeting?

Me: “How about adding [some mysterious feature] to nudge people to write summaries for their posts?”

Lizka:

Me: “We have time left, wanna write a post called EAG Meetings Can Be Short?”

Lizka: “Can we have an image in there?”

Main Takeaways

EAG meetings can be short, have images, meta jokes, and have a concrete result, such as something new posted to the Forum.

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9 comments, sorted by Click to highlight new comments since: Today at 12:19 PM

Love that, much wow!
(comments can also be short)

If you're going to have a meeting this short, isn't it better to e.g. send a message or email about this?  Having very short conversations like this means you've wasted a large slot of time on your EAG calendar that you could have used for different types of conversations that you can only do in person at EAG.

I agree!

I try sending enough context in my initial message for the other person to give a response, or at least to decide if it's relevant or refer me to someone more relevant.

Lizka scheduled with me anyway, probably because we spoke online and hardly ever met

I opened this to make sure the length estimate was short, discovered it was short, and couldn't help reading it.

I think I learned something.

You can also help make short meetings happen by saying, "I'd love to talk about X. I think it'll probably take about 15 minutes, but I'm happy to meet for the default half hour if we find we have more to talk about!"

HOWEVER if you offer a shorter meeting like this, make sure you do actually give your interlocutor a chance to gracefully exit after 15 minutes. They'll be grateful you kept to your word!

This is hilarious. I would in addition love a full article on how to best write the summary and the epistemic thesis/effort etc. at the top of forum posts...pictures would be preferred

I agree. I had a few meetings where both parties politely agreed it could be cut short, and I was very grateful every time.

A thing I say to cut meetings short, when I think that would make sense:

I was hoping to [take a break / grab a drink / send some messages] before my next meeting. Was there more you wanted to [ask / say] or do you mind if we cut it a bit short?

This actually happened  to me as well!

Both parties agreed the meeting's goals were accomplished and we continued with our EAG

Epistemic Status: We tried this once. 

And technically this meeting did take the entire allotted time, because we wrote the post. 🤷‍♂️