Summary of Meeting Excellence

33 Tools to Lead Meetings That Get Results

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Meeting Excellence book summary
This handy reference will transform your meetings from dull, unproductive drudgery into stimulating sessions that get results.


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Anyone who ever spent 45 minutes in a meeting that digressed from budget concerns to what snacks to stock in the lunchroom will appreciate this book. Are meetings a necessary evil? Authors Glenn Parker and Robert Hoffman believe you can streamline your meeting procedures to eliminate wasted time and get results. During their research to help Novartis Pharmaceuticals improve the productivity of its meetings, they developed handy tools for improving meeting efficiency that you can apply to any type of session. Don’t try to enumerate the "33 tools" promised in the subhead: the number refers to the 33 chapters, and each one offers useful advice. This guidebook provides easy-to-follow lists, templates, samples and techniques. getAbstract recommends it as a practical reference for anyone who ever wasted an afternoon at a badly managed meeting. If you’re not the one running your next meeting, share your copy with that committee chair. Everyone will be grateful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why and how companies waste so much time in meetings
  • How to avoid meeting pitfalls
  • How to run a goal-oriented, productive meeting
  • How to prepare for, conduct, follow up and evaluate meetings


The Meeting Mess
A badly planned and executed meeting inhibits productivity, and frustrates both managers and employees. Many companies are reviewing their procedures to establish a positive and fruitful approach to meetings within their organizations.

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About the Authors

Glenn Parker is author of Cross-Functional Teams and Team Players and Teamwork. He is a consultant and speaker who conducts training workshops. Robert Hoffman is the executive director of organizational development for Novartis Oncology.

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