All Those That Say Aye

March 26, 2009

We’ve all been there, sitting in a meeting wondering “Why am I here exactly?”

If you’re asking yourself, what’s the point of all this, what’s the outcome? Then your meeting will be a complete failure (for you at least), so stop now! Don’t confuse the purpose of an agenda, it isn’t there as a check list for you to tick off what you need to discuss, it’s there to be a guide to what your outcomes are.

Don’t start a meeting without clearly defined outcomes, or letting everyone know what they are, as you’ll be wasting everybody’s time, and never finish a meeting with a list of things to discuss next time. Your outcomes need to be actionable and most of all, actioned… and if having a meeting will stop you or anyone else getting things done, don’t have a meeting, sitting around talking about things won’t get them done!

They say, “Those that do, do, while those that don’t, teach.” there may be some element of truth in that, I don’t know, but I say, “Those that do, do, while those that don’t, have meetings.”

UPDATE:
Something must be in the air, as within a couple of hours of writing my piece above Seth releases this (or is he reading my blog?)

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One Response to “All Those That Say Aye”


  1. […] one of his recent entries this morning and it reminded me of something I wrote last year about meetings, are they worthwhile, are you investing your time properly, but Seth takes it a step further and […]


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