Most meetings stink. They reek of poor organization and indecision. Worst of all, they are boring time wasters.
In the five zillion meetings taking place in the United States right now, how many participants do you think are really happy to be there? How many do you think would prefer an emergency call on their pager? Managers tell me that meetings are the number-1 cause of unproductive time—even outweighing complaints about paperwork, mail, phone calls, and travel.
You’ve seen how the steak, sizzle, and style techniques apply to presentations. In this chapter, those concepts will be applied to another type of presentation challenge: conducting creative and productive meetings.