Eliminate "Non-Productive" Meetings
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Wednesday, August 14
Project Management Institute  Great Lakes Chapter
Open House & Networking Event
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Wednesday, August 14
Greater Detroit Chapter - American Society for Training & Development (GDASTD):
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Thursday, August 15
Marketing & Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED):
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Monday, September 9
Project Management Institute Great Lakes Chapter
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Wednesday, September 11
Greater Detroit Chapter - American Society for Training & Development (GDASTD):
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July 2013 Newsletter

Coordinators, Inc.

M Eliminate "Non-Productive" Meetings

Like many of you, I am connected to LinkedIn. Recently Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn, wrote an article on “A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings.” I don’t believe anything in his article would come as a surprise, but it provided a nice reminder of how your meetings need to be organized. He had 6 points which I will list here, and then I have a 7th point I would add at the end.

  1. Define the objective of the meeting.
  2. Identify who is driving.
  3. Take the time to define semantics (and first principles).
  4. Assign someone to take notes.
  5. Summarize key action items, deliverables, and points of accountability.
  6. Ask what you can do better.

Now here is my addition: 

  1. Change meeting teaching style every 20 minutes.

People learn under different teaching methods – visual/hearing, reading/seeing, and touching/doing. During an hour meeting you need to incorporate all.  I saw how well this worked for my daughter when she was a freshman at the International Academy. The school operated on a “Block Schedule,” which meant fewer classes in a day but each at 90 minute intervals. To keep the intensity of the class subject moving along, the teachers had to change their format of teaching every 20 minutes. They couldn’t just let them watch a video or listen to a lecture for the entire time block. They had to switch it up. They had to engage everyone. 

Try this yourself at your next meeting and bring out your inner child. Remember kindergarten? We all loved story-telling, show ‘n tell and coloring……bring that concept into your next meeting and see how everyone responds.


Let me know how this works for you.

Ann Bruttell
President, Meeting Coordinators, Inc.

Meeting Coordinators, Inc. – www.meeting-coordinators.com

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Success Stories
How appropriate this month to tout the praises of Marketing and Sales Executives of Detroit (MSED) since I am discussing well-run meetings in my  article above. In May, the MSED Board of Directors conducted their yearly brainstorming session. At this annual meeting, they completely dissect the entire organization and determine what stays, what goes and what is new for the upcoming year. There are materials distributed in advance….an agenda with timelines, presentations, writing on the white boards, breakout groups and a lot of laughter, which made the morning go by very fast but also extremely productive.  The pace was fast and everyone was engaged.

Congratulations to MSED for another successful year…it’s no wonder the organization has been going strong for 24 years!

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