Summary of How to Save the World (or at Least Yourself) from Bad Meetings

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Are you plagued by “bad meetings”? There’s a cure.


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Employees often endure pointless, vaguely defined or otherwise “bad meetings.” But it need not be so, says communications expert David Grady. He diagnoses an epidemic of “Mindless Accept Syndrome” (MAS) – the tendency for employees to accept an invite to any meeting, which scuppers workers’ productivity and impinges on their time. Grady offers a simple, though somewhat obvious, “No MAS” solution that involves communicating and clarifying. The shortcomings of meetings are frequently documented, and Grady’s contribution to the discourse reiterates these common flaws rather than breaking new ground. But such lessons are worth revisiting. If bad meetings plague your workday, getAbstract recommends this quick, basic, humorous lecture on an essential career skill.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why bad meetings are a global problem
  • How to prevent them


If a colleague walked into your office and, without any explanation, stole your chair, you would be furious. After all, you can’t be productive without your chair. You would probably confront your inconsiderate co-worker to retrieve your seat. Now imagine that you receive an invitation to a meeting...
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About the Speaker

Communications expert David Grady has worked in print journalism and public relations.

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