The 25-Minute Meeting Blog

How many people should be at a meeting?

Whilst there isn’t a lot of research specifically on the correlation between number of people and productivity in meetings, many seem to agree with the George Miller Magic Number 7 +/-2 principle. 

George would say that when it comes to a meeting, it is starting to get unwieldy if you have more than 7 participants.  He would suggest 5-7 people are best and if you MUST up to 9.  Beyond that it becomes unwieldy..

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon says that the more people there are in a meeting, the less productive it is.  He has encouraged people in his organisation to use the ‘2 pizza rule’.  If 2 pizzas wouldn’t feed the group, then you have too many people.

Don’t wait – Book a half day
25-Minute Meeting session
for you & your team

Book your session

It Works!

While I was working in Shanghai, a manager who led a global team shared their strategy for being more personable and building relationships with distance teams. When the team first came together, she... More
Read all stories

The 25 Minute Meeting BookBuy the book today & start getting your meetings back on track.

Buy now