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Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings

Book Description

The guide that proves your meetings don't have to suck!

There's a big dull elephant in the boardroom: this meeting! Most of the millions of meetings held in the world today are a monumental waste of time and talent. Worse still, most of the so-called solutions and books for boring meetings are twice as boring.

Boring Meetings Suck provides tips and tactics to deliver "Get-In, Get-It-Done, or Get-Out" style meetings, while also tackling what most prefer to avoid; that you don't have to BE in charge of a meeting to TAKE charge of a meeting. This entertaining and take-no-prisoners guide is full of easily deployed SRDs?Suckification Reduction Devices?that will help you make your next meeting both efficient and effective.

  • Empowers attendees to politely speak up and get a meeting back on track, or graciously get out, without being fired

  • Shows how hosts can capitalize on technology, learning to crowd-source problems and increase participation

  • Defines surefire methods to get meetings to start and end on time and not have the speaker read the slides

  • STOPS over-invitation syndrome

  • The author has appeared before many major corporate clients, and was named a "Top Business Professional Under 40" by American City Business Journals

Your meetings do not have to bore, nor must they suck. Instead, get the winning techniques in Boring Meetings Suck, and make your meetings awesome in their engagement and productivity, or stop having them!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Agenda Item 1: Boring Meetings Suck … so Why Do We Have 'Em?
    1. Hey, Not All Meetings Suck
    2. Nothing More Boring Than a Boring Book about Boring Meetings
    3. What's in It for You?
    4. How Do You Use This Book? Jump in and Read the Agenda Item You Need
    5. Are You Ready to Make Meetings Rock?
  8. Agenda Item 2: Better Meetings and Conventions through Technology…but Please Proceed with Caution
    1. The Very Basics
    2. Enhanced Meeting Technologies Online Collaboration
    3. For the More Adventurous
    4. For the Outright Daring
  9. Agenda Item 3: How to Be a Meeting Superhero … in 10 Minutes or Less
    1. Part 1: New Meeting Styles
    2. Part 2: Speed Meetings
  10. Agenda Item 4: Why Everyday Office Meetings Suck … Skip This and You're Screwed
    1. Your Preparation Sucks
    2. Facilitator SRDs
    3. Attendee SRDs
    4. Having No Agenda Sucks
    5. Your Follow-Up Sucks
    6. Scheduling a Meeting Sucks
    7. Warning: Problem Solving at 8 AM and 6 PM Sucks
    8. The Overinvitation Sucks
    9. Starting Late Sucks
    10. “Dogs Who Get Off the Leash” Suck
  11. Agenda Item 5: Your Presentation Sucks … Really, Yours Sucks
    1. PowerPoint Sucks
    2. “Um … aah” Sucks
    3. PowerPoint Really Sucks
    4. Unreadable Slides Suck
    5. Cutesy Moving Graphics Suck
  12. Agenda Item 6: Make the Best of Sucky Meetings … or Get Out While You Can
    1. Never-Ending Meetings Suck
    2. Déjà Meetings Suck
    3. Project and Update Meetings Suck
    4. Scattered Showers' Meetings Suck
    5. Conference Calls Suck
    6. Sales Team Meetings Suck
    7. Online or Virtual Meetings Suck
    8. Videoconferencing Sucks
    9. Friday Meetings Suck
  13. Agenda Item 7: Big Meetings Suck Even Bigger… Get Some Help or Suffer the Consequences
    1. Poorly Planned Meetings Suck
    2. Bad Audio Sucks
    3. Distractions Suck
    4. Guest Speakers Suck
    5. No Introduction and Bad Introductions Suck
    6. Bad Emcees Suck
  14. Agenda Item 8: Heed This … or Continue to Suck for the Next Millennium
    1. Consider Not Having One
    2. What You Can Do When Stuck in a Boring Meeting
    3. Conclusion
  15. Acknowledgments
  16. About the Author
  17. Index