Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Is there such a thing as a good meeting?

I fortunately don't have to go to many meetings.  I'm glad about that.

I think my problem with meetings is that I don't understand how to have a good one.  I guess if you consider a meeting a social event in which friendships are built then I have had some good ones.  Most of the time however they seem to me a waste of time. 

With current online tools it seems to me that there are more efficient ways to get things accomplished than meetings.  Online meetings for example are better than running around and certainly than flying in for the meeting. 

Seems to me the best meeting is one in which a lot of preparation is done.  If preparation is done then there are often more efficient ways to present that information that wasting an hour just to be in each others presence.  That said getting to know people personally and professionally is a good thing but it just seems there are more fun ways to accomplish that than a meeting.

I'm going to try to work on this topic.  If anybody has any advice I look forward to hearing from you.  I'm looking for better ways to accomplish work than in a meeting.  Emails are good but they can lead to much mis-communication.  Like I say working on a way to improve the process.