best meeting times

Have you ever wondered when the most productive moments are in meetings?  What if the most productive points are the coffee breaks in the middle or the 15minutes as the meeting ends?

It seems to me, the best business, decisions, challenges are addressed most productively, in increasing measure, in the ‘non-formal’ parts of meetings.  It is a little like the ‘door-post’ conversations in offices or the coffee machine conversation.  Looking back on the most productive meetings, this seems to be the place where the most encouraging things happen and often the times that yield the most fruitfulness.

At what points in and around meetings do you feel that you are most productive?