When It Comes to Time, Great Business Minds Don’t Have to Think Alike

By Alexandra Levit

In her book The Culture Map, global workplace expert Erin Meyer talks about one particular keynote speech she had to give to an audience in Brazil. Her remarks were slated to last 60 minutes, but the client said she could take all the time she needed.

Meyer didn’t quite believe him. After all, during just about any keynote address in America, you can expect a firm index card countdown:

“10 minutes remaining”

“5 minutes remaining”

“2 minutes remaining”

At “0 minutes remaining,” you’d better get off that stage!

Meyer took 65 minutes to give her Brazilian speech and had a great time responding to …read more