Has PowerPoint Killed Discussion?

 ...and creativity and innovation? "PowerPoint presentations are a new form of anesthesia and torture. They were even used at the Abu Ghraib Prison."  - AnonymousIt's the very foundation of all business meetings, right? Everywhere you turn you see people creating their killer PowerPoint presentations. On a plane, in the back of a taxi, on the bus, and [...]

9 Tips for Shorter, Better Meetings

Once again, I find myself re-producing a great article by  Geoffrey James which I read at Inc.   Avoid the unfocused meetings that murder your team's productivity. Too many business meetings are utter wastes of time. People drone on and on and little is accomplished, other than the avoidance of actual, productive work. Here are [...]

6 Hints to Make Meetings Matter

"Our meetings are held to discuss many problems which would never arise if we held fewer meetings" - Ashleigh Brilliant Over the span of my career I have attended over 25,000 meetings! That is frightening. Why? Because it's a huge amount of time to spend just in meetings. Assuming each one lasted an hour (boy I would [...]

How do we measure the success of Customer Meetings?

"A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted"  - James T. Kirk. In my last post, we discussed how to set objectives and deliverables for meetings and explored how to measure them. We also looked at how to do this both for internal meetings and for customer or client meetings. Beyond this,  I [...]

How do we define the success of meetings?

 "You cannot manage what you don't measure." This is as true today as it was when this adage was first expressed. But how do we measure the outcome of a meeting? Well unsurprisingly, the starting point has to be defining the expectations of the meeting. Most business professionals ensure there are agendas for meetings (surprisingly [...]