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Meetings are a total waste of time. Here's how to make them useful

December 5, 2019

 

 

“People are so desperate to express their point, they listen egotistically because they want to say something they think is valuable”

 

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings’,” so claims the American author Dave Barry. And he’s kind of got a point. Like it or not, meetings are a key – sometimes useless – part of our lives. But meetings could be so much better. Follow this simple advice and maybe, just maybe, the human race can finally achieve its full potential. Oh wait, should we have a meeting about that?

 

First things first: don’t go in blind. Every meeting should have a purpose – and everyone should know exactly what it is. “It sounds simple but it’s actually very powerful,” says Hayden Wood, co-founder and CEO of energy startup Bulb. He never has a meeting without an agenda. “We often put one in the event invitation, but if that hasn’t been done we agree an agenda at the start of the meeting.”

 

Photo by David Doran

 

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