Thoughts on Meetings

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted. — James T. Kirk


Three purposes to a meeting

Anthony (Tony) Tjan (CEO, Managing Partner and Founder of Cue Ball, a venture and early growth equity firm investing in the information media and consumer sectors) wrote an article for Harvard Business School Blog on making meeting shorter and better:

Outside of general relationship building, consider that there are only three functional purposes for having a business meeting:

1. To inform and bring people up to speed.
2. To seek input from people.
3. To ask for approval.

Use this as a filter to determine why you are having a meeting and explain that purpose to your audience. Your meetings may often cut across multiple objectives but forcing yourself to clarify the agenda into these three purposes can result in more effective meetings.

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