Summary of Make Meetings Matter

Ban Boredom, Control Confusion, and Terminate Time Wasting

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Hate meetings? Re-energize them by making them purposeful, positive and productive.


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Do you dread meetings? At their worst, they can be aimless, boring and discouraging. However, at their best, meetings can be productive – even energizing. Charlie Hawkins shows you how to make that happen. He deconstructs meeting dynamics and offers tips for planning, running and ending meetings seamlessly. In well-structured lessons, he explains why meetings sometimes falter and equips you with the tools you need to keep them on course. Whether you are organizing a one-on-one session or gathering your whole team, getAbstract encourages you to boost your meeting IQ with this quick review of the basics.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What are the challenges that keep meetings from being productive
  • How to tailor your meetings to a specific purpose
  • How to run a meeting so that it is focused and efficient


Meeting Basics
To get the results you want from the meetings you run, plan ahead. Consider each of the four fundamentals of planning: “purpose, people, place and preparation.” The first rule of meetings is that they must have a purpose. Perhaps your purpose is to exchange information, ...
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About the Author

Charlie Hawkins is a professional communications consultant for Vistage International.

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