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Business Etiquette by Ann Marie Sabath

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Chapter 6

Meetings: Getting It All Together

“Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.”

—George Bernard Shaw

The problem with Shaw’s observation, of course, is that there frequently isn’t time enough. Problems that need to be resolved in short order require the input and experience of more than one person. What to do? Hold a condensed-experience get-together, one where you can take advantage of what everyone knows. To use the more popular terminology, you call a meeting. (It beats waiting until you know everything, right?)

Some people complain that they spend far too much time in meetings. Others feel that group-based business gatherings are the very best tool for avoiding major organizational mistakes, and are ...

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