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How to stop people from using phones in meetings

When consulting organization on effective meetings, it inevitably comes up about how to stop people from using phones in meetings. There was once a time in which the meeting organizer would put the basket by the door and demand each person drop their phone or pager inside before entering the meeting. (yeah, I said pager […]

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Posted by Jon Petz in Boring Meetings Suck, Effective Meetings Skills.

Meeting Etiquette and Rules from 1776. Declare your Independence from Boring Meetings

Do you have basic, simple guidelines your team commonly follows for how to run meetings? If not, how DO YOU run meetings?  Poorly, inconsistently, ineffectively . . . with an occasional great-feeling, effective meeting? OK, so your company handbook may have some guidelines for meeting etiquette. But when is the last time anyone actually saw that?  […]

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Effective Meetings Expert podcast by Meetings Magazine

As the launch of Boring Meetings Suck is past, the interest and true value of the content of effective and more productive meetings is just beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with many organizations that want to improve their everyday office meetings from the standpoint of volume, duration and overall results. Recently, Meetings Magazine, Minnesota’s Hospitality […]

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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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How to write an agenda in actual practice

Thanks Ohio University for putting an actual agenda in place to discuss…putting an agenda in place. I must say I enjoy when I get emails of people and organizations putting to use some of their favorite suckification reduction devices from Boring Meetings Suck. So recently, I was emailed this agenda from my Alma Mater Ohio […]

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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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