As a small business, we are painfully aware that running a small business is hard work. Between keeping track of customer/client complaints, monitoring and addressing employment/HR issues, maintaining internal productivity and keeping your team on track, it seems as though there just isn't enough time in the day to get everything done. Time is clearly important and therefore being efficient in use of time is also important. Meetings, unless properly structured, moderated and handled in a manner that encourages active attendee participation and engagement, can be an incredibly inefficient use of time. I think many of us are constantly struggling with how to make meetings more productive. For this first "Tips and Tools" blog post, we encourage you to check out MeetingSift (www.meetingsift.com) as a means of increasing meeting productivity.