Back to back meetings are a bad idea:
- Unless you or the chairperson is really good, you’re almost certain to be running late at the end of the first meeting.
- You need time – at least half an hour – to slow down, wrap up your thoughts from the old meeting, and get your head ready for the next one.
- You need time – ideally more than half an hour – to allow for the above and be ready for people who turn up early, to welcome them properly, to be the gracious host you wish you were.
- Travel time isn’t included in the half-hour buffer rule.