Survey by The Aziz Corporation.

The survey found that while directors are spending much of their working life in meetings, their peers feel many are not up to scratch when it comes to handling them effectively. Almost a third of respondents felt that other directors in their company were under-performing in meetings, while 54 percent of directors judged the meeting skills of business professionals in general as only average or poor. At the same time, 80 percent of respondents considered it vital to the success of their business that meetings were conducted efficiently. The survey also revealed the amount of time that directors devote to meetings. Almost half (46 percent) of those interviewed spend 16 hours or more a week in meetings, while one-in-ten claimed to spend more than 25 hours in them.

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