How To Run Effective Weekly Sync Meetings For Startups | Dan Martell

Frequently going into meetings with no clear structure or outcome? You’re not alone. In this video, I’m going to teach you how to run your weekly leadership calls, easy, fast and super productive.

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If you run a small team of just 5 employees/co-founders…

Your weekly meetings are likely costing you well north of 50k/year.

Simple math…

… average hourly rate x number of people x 52.

That’s how much you’re spending to run your weekly meeting.

If the most productive thing that comes out of it is a self-portrait of your front-end designer sketched in an intense bout of boredom…

… then these meetings are crushing your company.

And it’s not that hypothetical front-end designer’s fault.

It’s on you as the leader to design your meetings so that they’re highly focused and optimized for growth.

In this week’s video, I show you the 5 steps for maximizing the ROI on the 50k/year investment you didn’t even know you were making:

At a high level, here’s what a highly productive meeting comes down to:

1. Time to celebrate
2. Measure to manage
3. Focus on the few
4. The obstacle is the way
5. Give it a score

While all of them are critical to maximizing your ROI… number 4 is the hallmark of every successful B2B SaaS company I know.

(shoutout to Ryan Holiday)

Essentially, if you use your meetings to address and pre-empt the biggest and scariest obstacles in your path to growth, you set the stage to come together and blast through them as a team.

Nothing unites a team faster while building a winning culture than overcoming challenges that your competitors would likely back down from.

Do that 52x/year and you have a recipe for some serious, compounded growth.

Give this episode a quick watch and then drop me a comment letting me know 1) how many team members you manage and 2) what you do to keep everyone dialed in and excited to grow.

Dan “never sketch me over a skype call” Martell

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  1. Dan Martell
    May 28, 2018

    Shocker: Most SaaS founders spend 50k/year on this without even knowing it. Here are 5 steps for optimizing your weekly meeting and getting a killer ROI.

  2. Alexandre Learning
    May 28, 2018

    Thanks for the content! On the same page, Less is more! – I would add also that the main purpose for a weekly sync is to propagate the energy, rather than focusing on making sure everything is moving forward (I would say that 1:1 are better for that). Any additional thoughts on the best time of the week to run a weekly sync ?

  3. Benforeva
    May 28, 2018

    Thanks for this Dan. Will check out the worksheet and Herold's book because if it's one thing I know – I suck at running meetings.

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