I think we can all agree that being mentioned in the same breath as death and taxes is not a particularly good thing. But there’s no arguing that these three things are equally unavoidable. And if we’re being honest, many of us have wished for the greater of these evils – death, in order to avoid the lesser – meetings.
The Greatest Waste of Human Capital. Ever.
Why do meetings have such a terrible reputation? Sadly, there are as many reasons as there are types of meetings. Some say meetings are boring. Others say they’re not well organized. On average, 50% of attendees consider meetings to be a waste of time. With over 11 million meetings of all sizes taking place every day in the U.S. alone, meetings have got to be the greatest waste of human capital. Ever. Go ahead, try and name another.
Regardless of the symptom, the root cause is that meetings are designed to accomplish exactly what they’re intended to. If we’re not happy with the results, we have only ourselves to blame. If we want to accomplish something different, we have to design meetings differently.
So how do we design meetings that aren’t boring, poorly organized or a waste of everyone’s time?
That’s the question this blog, Death, Taxes and Meetings, is committed to answering.
If there was a simple answer, everyone would be doing it already.
The fact of the matter is that there’s both an art and a science to designing meetings and we will lay out the case for both using sound logic and reasoning, supported by facts and data whenever available.
To provide you with the most objective information available so that you can make more informed decisions regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of your meetings.
To be transparent about our biases and opinions and respect your right to challenge us, or form your own.
No to tease you with “click-bait”, “Top-10” lists, and similar gimmicks because we know your time is valuable and there are plenty of other sites for those who prefer that type of information.
Now more than ever, organization can no longer afford to treat meetings as “the cost of doing business”. It’s time we start designing meetings that matter.