Thoughts on Meetings

If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings.” — Dave Barry

Controlling the Meeting

Meeting Cost - iPhone App

Track the cost of meetings with this iPhone app.

Have you ever sat in a meeting, looked around at all the people who aren’t participating and wondered just how much money is being wasted?  With Meeting Cost, simply select and average salary or wage, the number of participants and start the counter.  A simple counter displays [...]


Write it down

When you refer to a document make sure you have the document in front of each meeting participant. Don’t rely on just reading the document to the attendees since many of us are more visual than oral. This is particularly important for virtual meetings (over the phone or computer).


Tips on video

Simple issues that could be resolved over email are discussed. This video focuses on some cool, high tech meeting spaces that will hopefully make things more productive.

General Keys

Do only one operation at a time

Generate ideas when you generate ideas; decide when you decide; present when you present.
The three key operations that occur in meetings are generating ideas, making decisions and presenting
information. Often in meetings these operations get mixed up. One person is generating ideas, another
is sharing information, and still another is making a decision. This does not work [...]