An unusual and irreverent guide to transforming your meetings from time-sucking interruptions to productive moments of collaboration - whether your team is together or virtual.
What if meetings could be the high point of collaboration in your day, instead of the usual time-sucking soul-draining experience they often become?
In this guide, expert facilitators Douglas Ferguson and John Fitch tackle the myth that the most effective way to get more out of meetings is to just avoid having them or to have less of them. In a well-run organization, meetings should actually be integral to getting sh*t done.
Meetings are the secret underappreciated weapon that businesses are using badly. And why do they use them so badly? Because no one has been taught how to make them better. In this guide, you will learn:
- What if having an agenda has no effect on whether you have a great meeting?
- What happens when you actually do the work in the meeting?
- What are the five common elements of every meeting that sucks, and how do you avoid them?
Douglas and John show you how to adopt and adapt the non-obvious Meeting Mantras they developed at their company, Voltage Control. Their methods have helped companies and teams transform the perception of meetings from "going to the dentist" (ie - something you have to do but hate) into something you can't wait for - like a rock concert or great dinner.
About the Author
Douglas Ferguson and John Fitch are the curators of the global meeting community Control the Room and co-authors of How to Remix Anything. Douglas' books Beyond The Prototype and Start Within help individuals and companies navigate the treacherous territory between good ideas and tangible outcomes. John wrote Time Off to help people design their rest ethic and avoid burnout. They have been guiding companies and individuals to dig deeper into their potential for over 20 years.