Do Better Meetings – STP049

Episode 49 –  Life is too short for terrible meetings. We explore how to make them better, whether you run ’em, go to ’em, or avoid ’em. Dive in…

Some of the USEFUL stuff in there is:

  • Who invented the meeting
  • Terrible conference calls – an example
  • Why a CNBC article confirms your worst fears – meetings can be rubbish
  • Everything that’s wrong with meetings
  • Holding meetings 101 – The basics:
    • Respect your attendee’s time
    • Get to the point
    • Consider who HAS to be there
    • Set the agenda
    • Change the location
    • Or even just change SEATS!
  • John Cleese shows us what’s wrong with meetings
  • Can you make meetings better if you’re invited to them? YES YOU CAN
  • A great article by Tom Catalini – how to avoid meetings that waste your time
    • Book meetings with yourself
    • Find out from the organiser what the purpose is of the meeting
    • Reach out to the other delegates and help each other prepare
    • Why you should sometimes say ‘no’
    • Arrive late – or leave early
  • A GREAT Ted talk by David Grady – Worth 6 minutes of your time trust me
  • The radical stuff – what Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and other big players do
    • Empty chair
    • Silent reading time
    • No Powerpoint
    • Not before noon
    • Only on a Wednesday
    • Do 30 mins in 20
    • Purge recurring meetings
    • Throw out the hangers on
    • Lose the chairs
    • Walk out (if you’re not adding value)

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2 Replies to “Do Better Meetings – STP049”

  1. Lance

    “A caller has left the meeting.”
    “A caller has left the meeting.”
    “A caller has left the meeting.”
    “A caller has left the meeting.”
    “Hello?”

    1. Steveo Post author

      Hey Lance – clearly been a while since I’ve been on my posts, hence only just replying to your comment. But thank you, I hope you enjoyed it!! Steve.