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Those boring meetings

Boring meetings

Can you recall the last time you were imprisoned in a meeting during which you lost all sense of time, could not stop yourself yawning and wished you could get back to your desk and actually do some real work?

Well, I’m sure you’ve all experienced it. Don’t deny it, I know you have - we all have. Every work place I’ve ever been to and every project I’ve worked on, I’ve found them to be unavoidable. For some unknown reason, I’m convinced they exist only to torment us!

On that note, let me introduce Nev n Dave’s guide to a good meeting:

  1. Have a clear purpose - What is the meeting about? What are you trying to achieve?
  2. Keep things relevant and on topic - Do not over deviate from the agenda. Are the right participants invited?
  3. Encourage participation and discussion - Don’t talk too much. Let someone else contribute to the meeting.
  4. Keep it short - Get the message across succinctly. End the meeting once the objectives are accomplished.

Do you have a boring meeting experience to share with us?

1 Comment »

  1. Scott said,

    November 16, 2005 @ 2:33 pm

    I think I’ve figured out the key to be productive and be in the meetings. On large projects there are often meetings that conducted via conference calls - especially when outsourced/offsite development is occurring (who develops in their own location these days, anyway ;-) . So why GO to the meeting when you can dial in, mute the phone, listen to the rumbles in the meeting, do your own work - and then join in as required. Brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘virtual workplace’.
    This works even when the meeting is just down the end of the hall. Doubles the productivity, and is a real win-win. Just be careful to ‘tuning out’ while you are trying to solve a coding problem in your meeting.

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