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The Manager’s Phrase Book by Patrick Alain

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Part 7Meetings and Presentations

Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.

—John Kenneth Galbraith

Ah, meetings: the biggest time-waster of all time. And presentations? Don’t even get me started. But they are a necessity in most companies, so you’ll need to become comfortable with and good at managing both. As a manager, you’ll need to lead (or least moderate/guide) meetings, and you’ll need to be able to stand and deliver to your superiors when the time comes.

Maybe you know PowerPoint and maybe you don’t, but your words are where the rubber hits the road. To make the most of these two necessary evils, make your words count!

How to Open a Meeting

Casual

• And how are we?

• How is everyone doing today?

• Okay, folks, let’s ...

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