I have lots of meetings. Over the years of business, government, and ministry – serving on dozens of non-profit boards, I’ve probably attended several thousand meetings. Along the way, I’ve developed some strong opinions about meetings.
I thought I’d share a few.
Here are 10 strong opinions I have about meetings:
If all the decisions are already determined – then don’t call a meeting – send me an email. Don’t waste my time.
When the meeting is at a time when people are naturally hungry – please feed us. And pay for it.
Where there is no agenda – if we are simply meeting because it is on the calendar, but there is really nothing to discuss – well, I don’t mean to seem rude, but what are we doing here?
If every new idea is going to be shot down – then would skeet-shooting be a better use of our time?
When the meeting flow is done the same way every time, won’t someone – some creative like me – eventually get bored?
If we are only going to talk about it – but never really do anything about it – isn’t this really just a social event?
When one person dominates all the conversation – let’s skip the meeting and schedule a speech.
If everyone is invited – nothing is getting accomplished today – let’s have a party.
When it is past time for most people to go home – let’s postpone – you’ve lost our full attention.
If no one is taking notes – will we even remember any of this tomorrow?
Just a few of my thoughts about meetings.
I’m not opposed to meetings at all. They are vital to healthy organizations and I even like a good meeting. Let’s just keep getting better at them.
Do you have your strong opinions about meetings?