Summary of The Manager's Guide to Effective Meetings

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The Manager's Guide to Effective Meetings book summary


7 Overall

10 Applicability

4 Innovation

7 Style


This is a handy, short, to-the-point guide about how to conduct meetings. Much of what author Barbara J. Streibel says is common sense, but any manager charged with running meetings knows how quickly common sense goes out the window in that setting. The author covers all of the bases and provides a series of useful checklists to help harried managers meet more effectively and efficiently. Streibel also provides many helpful references to other books that discuss specific techniques and practices. While little here is wildly original, finds that the author gives fresh, lucid and practical treatment to tried-and-true guidance.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Everything you need to know about conducting meetings; and
  • How to put that knowledge into practice.

About the Author

Barbara J. Streibel is co-author of The Team Handbook and Building United Judgment: A Handbook for Consensus Decision Making. She is a consultant and manager of intellectual capital at Oriel Incorporated, a consulting and training firm in Madison, Wisconsin.



The Best and the WorstMeetings can be useful and valuable or they can be a huge waste of resources. You’re the manager and it’s up to you to make the difference between a great meeting and a poor one. Meetings can go wrong for lots of reasons. Some of the problems occur well before the meeting begins...

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