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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

About the Author

Charlie Hawkins is a professional communications consultant for Vistage International.



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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