Everyone That Likes Meetings Raise Your Hand

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Read-This-Before-Our-Next-MeetingOkay since I’m not seeing a bunch of hands go up I’m guessing that maybe you’ve worked in one of those places where it seemed like your job was to attend meetings, really long, boring, everyone needs to say something meetings.

I’ve been self employed over twenty five years now so, I can tell you, I don’t do meetings very often, but even I detest those meetings that seem to be held so someone can read you a PowerPoint deck or go over the contents of an email or, worst of all, pick your brain.

This week’s guest on the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Al Pittampalli, author of Read This Before Our Next Meeting.

Pittampalli worked for years consulting with large organizations and wanted to find out why some companies have so many meetings. He thinks he’s found that answer and now claims without hesitation to be a meeting culture warrior. He’s on a mission to change the way organizations hold meetings, make decisions, and coordinate action.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting several meeting principles that Pittampalli calls the “Modern Meeting Standard

Perhaps pivotal to understanding the key shift in meeting thinking the first tenet of the Modern Meeting Standard – The Modern Meeting supports a decision that has already been made.

According to Pittampalli, most meetings are held to try to make a decision, something he claims is why so many meetings are needed. When in fact, most decisions need to be made by a few and meetings should then be used only to resolve a conflict about a decision or communicate actions based on a decision.

Pittampalli is also quick to point out that his way of thinking requires a bit of a culture change in organizations that have long meetinged people into submission. Part of that culture change is to move brainstorming out of the meeting format so that it can live and thrive as the truly different beast that it is.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting is available in Hardcover, Kindle, or Audio formats, published by the one and only Domino Project.

As is part of the Domino model the book also enjoys a sponsorship from Citrix, the Kindle version of Read This Before Our Next Meeting is available for FREE until Aug 10th. You can download it right now.

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John Jantsch

John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network.
  • http://www.colemanmg.com/ Antonio Coleman

    Meeting can be boring depend upon you dong the specking, but you must find things that will enlighten the meeting to be fun.

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • Al Pittampalli

    Thanks John, I really enjoyed the interview. 

  • http://homeremediesmd.com Home Remedies MD

    I hate attending meetings especially if one person is doing all of the talking

    • http://twitter.com/BodeTree BodeTree

      Unfortunately, that seems to happen all too often. That’s why many people dread them. Someone always seems to want to take control, and that individual thinks everyone else wants to hear them speak. It’s hard to pick out the characteristics of good meetings, as in my experience almost everyone of them has been bad!

  • http://www.webpostservice.com Bulk sms provider

    Pittampalli  said very right thing  meeting for decision making .and meeting for solving the problem some time individual can not take decision due to lack of confidence or other conflict but the other can support decision and they can explain other factor of decision so it will be good for organization or we can say meeting is good for knowledge because we can get something new from meeting  . meeting is knowledge sharing process .

  • http://retailedge.com Azrian

    Meetings are good for discussion, but lectures and other dissemination of information would best be reserved for email.

    • http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog ducttape

      The key is to make it mandatory that people read the memos before they attend the meeting