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Alan Barker knows just about everything about meetings, and in this somewhat academic discussion of the ubiquitous business meeting, he outlines it all for you – quite literally, as the book consists almost entirely of headings, bullet points, sidebars and drills. Using this easy-to-read structure, Barker presents a variety of insightful ways to look at problems and inspire creative thinking. getAbstract recommends this book to managers who wonder why their meetings go on for so long yet fail to lead to action. Meeting-wise, it leaves no stone unturned.

In this summary, you will learn

  • When you should hold meetings;
  • How to create a meeting agenda;
  • How to chair a meeting; and
  • How to classify, analyze and solve problems in meetings.

About the Author

Alan Barker is a learning consultant and managing partner for a company that provides training in communication techniques and flexible thinking. He is the author of Improve Your Communication Skills.



"A Group Thinking Together"
Never call a meeting just to talk. Ultimately, the talk should lead to action. Every participant has a role to play in making this happen. Managers should call meetings to discuss problems, set a definitive course of action, dictate policy, and build...

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