Meetings are events in which I have spent numerous hours sitting in and many more hours discussing and blogging about as I believe they are one of the primary areas where we can save so much time and be so much more productive. As James T. Kirk once said, "A meeting is an event where [...]


Even if you don’t follow tennis that much, the recent Women’s Semi-Final at Wimbledon was not only enthralling but also offered some interesting insights. The semi-finalists were Serena Williams from the USA and Maria Sharapova from Russia, seeded 1 and 2 respectively. They had played each other 20 previous times and Sharapova had won only [...]

10 Tips for More Productive Calls

“Our Meetings Are Held To Discuss Many Problems Which Would Never Arise If We Held Fewer Meetings” - Ashleigh BrilliantI rarely see notes from conference-call meetings. IF an agenda is sent out, it is within 30 minutes of the call and comes with any reading material as preparation. What's wrong with that? I'd like to share why I [...]

Dealing with Meeting Notes

Following on my last article about Why Meeting Notes Makes Sense I came across this article by David Allen. The founder of GTD (Getting Things Done) I love his approach to increasing efficiency and productivity in my life and have attended one of his workshops. He has written several books (which I have read) and has a [...]

Why Meeting Notes Make Sense!

"It provides a historical record that can be used at future meetings for verification of decisions, and as a reminder of past events and actions."Why is it such a big deal to take notes of a meeting? "It isn't," I hear you say! "I always make my notes in a meeting."  But do you share [...]

The Top 2 Ways to Communicate in Meetings

For regular readers of my blogs you will know that meetings is a pet subject of mine. Here's a short and sweet article on the subject from Christine Comaford...The problem with your meetings? You're talking about the wrong things, in the wrong ways."Rules for Renegades"“Of the hundreds of companies I’ve worked with over the past [...]

What really IS a Meeting?

"When you go to meetings...and you fail to prepare, prepare to fail. It is simple but true." - Paula Abdul So here are a couple of meeting definitions: 1. The act of coming together. 2. A body of persons present at an assembly. Note the emphasis on the body of persons being together. A worrying terminology [...]

4 Things NOT to do in Meetings!

" Our meetings are held to discuss many problems which would never arise if we held fewer meetings." - Ashley BrilliantAs those of you that are regular readers of my blogs will know, I'm a big advocate for improving efficiency, and therefore productivity, in meetings. I have covered a lot about what we SHOULD do. [...]

Making PowerPoint MORE Effective!

“Communication is about getting others to adopt your point of view, to help them understand why you’re excited. If all you want to do is create a file of facts and figures, then cancel the meeting and send in a report.” - Seth GodinIf you read  my article titled 'Has Powerpoint Killed Discussion', you will [...]