December 3, 2015

Richard Branson Promotes the Standup Meeting

by TrueNorth Desks

In a recent article from, “Time-Management Tips from 8 Self-Made Billionaires,” business’s most well known, high profile leaders, such as Warren Buffett and Mark Cuban, shared valuable insight into how they’ve managed to stay on task to build their billion dollar companies.

What really stood out in the article was the advice from Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Group and one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world. Branson stated, “One of my favorite tricks is to conduct most of my meetings standing up. I find it to be a much quicker way of getting down to business, making a decision, and sealing the deal. When given the opportunity, I often like to take things a step further — literally, with a walking meeting.”

Why the Standup Meeting?
Richard Branson chose to reveal this tip because it’s a time management game-changer for modern day businesses. Meetings are one of the biggest contributors to an employee’s inability to get actual work done. While meetings are necessary to keep communication flowing between teams, they can eat up valuable working time.

The majority of meetings take more time than required. People often get off track and talk about items that aren’t necessary or relevant to the discussion at hand. But how do you keep people focused and determined to stay on task, especially when they might welcome a nice, lengthy work break?

The answer: standing meetings. When you are in a comfortable and relaxed position, your mind is more likely to wander. But when you stand, it requires more concentration, focus and energy than when you’re sitting. And that means you are more likely to have better ideas and solutions, all of which translates to a more efficient meeting.

Start Getting More from Your Employees
Our TrueNorth standing desks provide the perfect setting for a standing meeting. All of the ergonomic office desks in our line can transition from a sitting position to a standing position very quickly, due to our high quality, whisper-quiet motor. When you begin incorporating standup desks into your office, you’ll be getting more from your employees, as well as more efficient meetings.

If standing meetings work for Richard Branson, it will work for many companies out there. Check out our line of motorized standing desks today.

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