It should come as a surprise to no one that I abhor meetings. Peter Bregman hits on a great point:
PowerPoint presentations inevitably end up as monologues. They focus on answers, and everyone faces the screen. But meetings should be conversations. They should focus on questions, not answers, and people should face each other. I know it sounds crazy, but I’ve found that even the hum of the projector discourages dialogue.
There are two types of meetings in my book:
- Colossal wastes of time.
- Super productive and inspiring.
The problem is that #1 happens 90% of the time. Running a good meeting is simple:
- Know what you need to convey.
- Know what you want the end result of the meeting to be.
- All attendees should know the above information before the meeting.