Meetings: The Good, the Bad, and the Awful

November 9, 2015

People in a Meeting

I have been studying and writing about meetings and other corporate conversations for many years.

My understanding of how meetings work and my “rules” for leading meetings that matter are based on a combination of personal experiences (both good and bad) leading and attending hundreds of meetings, lots of formal research, and many insightful stories I’ve heard from colleagues.

But now I want to refresh my understanding of what is actually going on. The digitally enhanced and richly interconnected world we live in today creates new challenges and new opportunities for designing effective meetings.

While I don’t question for a minute the value of all those personal stories I’ve heard and the wisdom other experts, I want to enhance our collective understanding by compiling and sharing a wider range of stories and of actual data about what meetings are like in 2015 and how effective they actually are.

Consequently, today I am launching my first “Making Meetings Matter” survey. Please take a few minutes to share your experiences. I am starting simple; it will take no more than 5-10 minutes for you to respond to half a dozen very basic questions like these:

  • How many hours a week do you spend in formal meetings?
  • How long are the meetings you participate in?
  • What are the reasons those meetings are called?
  • How many people typically attend your meetings?
  • Where are your meetings usually held?
  • How productive are those meetings?

Just click on this link to complete the survey:

A really bad meeting

Please share your experiences and opinions with me and in return I’ll give you back a brief report on what I discover.

I would also love to hear your personal stories about your meeting experiences. And your opinions. Why do so many people consider meetings a waste of time, boring, and even painful to participate in? What is the difference between a good, engaging meeting, and a boring, unproductive one? What do effective meeting leaders do differently from ineffective leaders?

If you have a story tell, or even if you just want to talk chat me about good and bad meetings, contact me and we’ll set up a time to talk. I love interesting conversations; let’s have one.

And please complete that survey right now:

Or Contact me today for a free 30-minute conversation about how you can make your own meetings fun, functional, and productive. And download this brief overview of my new service offering for making meetings matter.


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