Month: March 1978

Surefire Tips for Taming Meeting Monsters (1)

Surefire Tips for Taming Meeting Monsters By Mike Song, Tim Burress, and Vicki Halsey Argh! You’ve planned this meeting for two months and finally all the key players are here – well, except for the ones who are late! All you have to do is work through the agenda, get a decision made, and your dream project is on its way. Suddenly, disaster strikes as strong “personalities” come into play. Before you know it, your meeting is bogged down, your agenda is out the window, and you’re left watching your project dwindle away. Your meeting is a casualty of “meeting monsters” – the kiss of death for productivity. Certain people have a knack for disrupting, distracting, and disintegrating potentially great meetings. These folks are often well-intentioned, but they wouldn’t know meeting etiquette if it bonked them on the head. Here’s a guide for taming your meeting monsters and getting more done. Larry Late Larry always has an excuse for being late. “An important client called at the last second!” “I had to put out a fire!” Larry believes that being late proves he’s busy and important. Wrong! You know that Larry is really hurting his professional image by wasting everyone’s time. Quick Tip: The best defense is a great offense. State explicitly in your meeting invite that everyone should plan on being a few minutes early so they don’t...

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Surefire Tips for Taming Meeting Monsters

Surefire Tips for Taming Meeting Monsters By Mike Song, Tim Burress, and Vicki Halsey Argh! You’ve planned this meeting for two months and finally all the key players are here – well, except for the ones who are late! All you have to do is work through the agenda, get a decision made, and your dream project is on its way. Suddenly, disaster strikes as strong “personalities” come into play. Before you know it, your meeting is bogged down, your agenda is out the window, and you’re left watching your project dwindle away. Your meeting is a casualty of “meeting monsters” – the kiss of death for productivity. Certain people have a knack for disrupting, distracting, and disintegrating potentially great meetings. These folks are often well-intentioned, but they wouldn’t know meeting etiquette if it bonked them on the head. Here’s a guide for taming your meeting monsters and getting more done. Larry Late Larry always has an excuse for being late. “An important client called at the last second!” “I had to put out a fire!” Larry believes that being late proves he’s busy and important. Wrong! You know that Larry is really hurting his professional image by wasting everyone’s time. Quick Tip: The best defense is a great offense. State explicitly in your meeting invite that everyone should plan on being a few minutes early so they don’t...

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