Meetings – The Death of American Productivity

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Why do meetings suck? What steps can you take to make meetings productive? I’ve tried to answer all those questions in this humorous (yet honest) presentation on meetings.

This is an enhanced view of the presentation I did in person. This presentation on Meetings has been coming for a while, I’ve written about meetings and productivity in the past. I’ve attended a ton of meetings, and a majority of them have been a terrible waste of time.

As I started my own business, I found that I allowed a lot of time to get sucked out of my schedule by meetings. I’m a lot more disciplined now. If I have work or projects to do, I begin canceling and rescheduling meetings. If you’re consulting for other companies, your time is all you have. Meetings can eat that time up quicker than almost any other activity.

In an economy where productivity must increase and resources are declining, you may want to take a closer look at meetings to find opportunities to improve both.

I’ve been on a reading streak lately and these books have really been inspiring to me regarding my business and my personal productivity – Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson’s Rework and Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Workweek. Each book tackles Meetings in them.


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    Meetings to plan meetings. The death of any corporate institution is the substitution of individual talent and abilities with collective buy-in and compromise to the lowest common denominator. I agree with a lot Doug has to say here.

    Good tension = healthy tension. I love going into meetings having already produced something without collective buy-in. Call it “proof of concept” and you’re almost always assured executive buy-in. Try it out: it’s constructive, it’s proactive, and it challenges people to think differently.

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