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Make The Most Of Meetings – As Seen in Costco Connection

“Make the Most of Meetings” from Costo Connections April 2012 Well similar to actor/writer/hollywood celeb Jason Segel, I have always wanted to appear with the  Muppets.   We both got our wish, although his slightly more impressive than mine as the  leading role in the recent release of the new Muppet Movie.  But at least, as the time management […]

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Magician at NOAA or GSA Meetings, Might Be a Good Idea!

Magician at NOAA or GSA Meetings, Might Be a Good Idea! A Viewpoint and Commentary by the Author of Boring Meetings Suck; Jon Petz Have you missed the headline about “Magician at meeting” on the news networks in the past few days? It referred to the upcoming National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) leadership and training […]

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New Year’s Resolutions to End Boring Ineffective Meetings

Improve your meeting productivity with some effective meeting resolutions. Why risk another year of spending weekends and late work days doing the work you should have been doing all day?  Sick of endless meetings getting in the way? Then it’s time for some resolutions to take back your life and productivity. 1) I resolve to refrain […]

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The Right Way to Run a Meeting – Readers Digest Article Oct 2011

“The right way to run a meeting” It certainly has been an interesting time in the past several months, from a New York Post interview to a mention from Readers Digest.   Here was a nice to the point article posted in Readers Digest with some nice tips and a brief mention and easy SRD from […]

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Professional Speaker Magazine – “Humor Me” column

For Professional Speakers, The National Speakers Association is a great organization and one that I owe many thanks. When asked to provide an article for their “Humor Me” column in Speakers Magazine – I felt I had to share the following story related to a keynote speech I presented a few years back. Thought I […]

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Your Meeting Needs A Mission!

You’ve got your agenda lined up and sent out. Congrats, you’ve done the right thing to prepare for the meeting you’re hosting. But have you asked yourself this two-part question? First: “What do we intend to accomplish before walking out the door?” Second: “Do the people I invited know the answer to that question walking […]

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Meeting Have Tangents? Tell ‘em to Park It!

Don’t you hate it if a tangent of new ideas takes over your meeting? Letting the tangent take control means your meeting will probably suck. As meeting host, how you handle any tangents will affect the focus and desired result of your meeting. More important, it will determine if anyone feels a sense of accomplishment […]

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Don’t let tangents hijack your meeting! (Part 1 of….I only wish I knew…)

Don’t Let Tangents Hijack Your Meetings!  Or, should you in some cases? Ever been in a meeting when Tangent Tony hijacks the conversation with an off-agenda issue, taking it in a direction you didn’t expect? You’ve been there and so have I. So what happens next? the meeting’s objectives don’t get advanced as planned people […]

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What’s THE Big Mistake While Delivering Invocations?

What’s THE Big Mistake While Delivering Invocations? You might look at the title and ask, “What IS an invocation?”  (pronounced in-vuh-key-shuh n)   The invocation, in its simplest form, is a prayer or request for the spiritual presence of God in a ceremony or event. Whether it’s appropriate to have an invocation at your corporate, […]

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Break Down the Boring Blahs of Meetings

No doubt about it; people are creatures of habit. Nowhere is this more painfully obvious than in everyday office meetings.  We march to the conference room (four minutes past the stated start time) and conduct brainstorming sessions that rarely amount to more than a drizzle. Why? Because that’s what our boss or supervisor does? Because […]

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