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!

I once observed a three-day meeting with over 60 delegates where they achieved a full strategic plan without the use of one PowerPoint slide. (Yes, really.) Instead, every discussion was captured using... More
Read all stories

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

Buy now