Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings

Overview

Meetings, the cornerstones of collaboration,inspiration, andprogress, have suffered excruciating humiliation at the hands ofcorporate America. Gone are good agendas, participation, focus, andfollow-up that are the lifeblood of great meetings. Instead, toomany meetings drone on like some sort of soul-crushing,walking-dead zombie robbing workplaces of joy, productivity, andtime. But there is good news: meetings can be saved . . .by you!Boring Meetings Suck empowers you to take charge of meetings thathave become a ...

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Overview

Meetings, the cornerstones of collaboration,inspiration, andprogress, have suffered excruciating humiliation at the hands ofcorporate America. Gone are good agendas, participation, focus, andfollow-up that are the lifeblood of great meetings. Instead, toomany meetings drone on like some sort of soul-crushing,walking-dead zombie robbing workplaces of joy, productivity, andtime. But there is good news: meetings can be saved . . .by you!Boring Meetings Suck empowers you to take charge of meetings thathave become a waste of time and talent. Most books on meetingsfocus only on the person responsible for planning and hosting themeeting, but Boring Meetings Suck dares to admit what other authorsavoid. Only when attendees learn how to diplomatically speak up andget meetings back on track will everyone benefit.

This book offers dozens of SuckificationReduction Devices, orSRDs, to make the next meeting you attend more efficient andeffective. Learn which meetings you can skip and how to callout theperpetrators of poor meeting etiquette. But it's not enough to stopothers' meetings from sucking; you must make sure your meetingdoesn't suck. Learn how to become a better speaker by making eyecontact, working the stage, and varying the speed of your speech.Get the essential elements for planning large meetings orconferences, and get new techniques that will help you run "get in,get it done, and get out" meetings. With Boring Meetings Suck,you'll learn:

  • How to graciously excuse yourself from ameeting without losingyour job
  • The right ways to use PowerPoint (andother technologies) Threepolite ways to motivate people towrap up
  • Why you should turn your phone on inall meetings
  • Tips to make your presentation powerful and not pointless
  • How to be a meeting hero, and get people to show up on time,participate, and return to their desks happy and with extra timeintheir pockets

When done right, meetings can rock. They can be vehicles forinnovation, motivation, and decision-making. They can sparkrevolutions. They can save the world! All you have to do is not letthemsuck, and this book shows you how.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118004623
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 692,235
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JON PETZ is a motivational keynote speaker. He has spoken to more than a half million people during presentations to companies including Walmart, Honda, Deloitte, and AT&T. In 2008, American City Business Journals named him a Top Business Professional Under 40 Years of Age.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Don The Idea Guy Snyder.

Agenda Item 1.

Boring Meetings Suck . . . so Why Do We Have’Em?

Hey, Not All Meetings Suck.

Nothing More Boring Than a Boring Book about BoringMeetings.

What’s in It for You?

How Do You Use This Book? Jump in and Read the Agenda Item YouNeed.

Are You Ready to Make Meetings Rock?

Agenda Item 2.

Better Meetings and Conventions through Technology . . . butPlease Proceed with Caution.

The Very Basics.

Enhanced Meeting Technologies.

For the More Adventurous.

For the Outright Daring.

Agenda Item 3.

How to Be a Meeting Superhero . . . in 10 Minutes orLess.

Part 1: New Meeting Styles.

New Meeting Style 1: ‘‘Open House’’.

New Meeting Style 2: ‘‘Pass theBuck’’.

New Meeting Style 3: ‘‘Stand ItUp’’.

New Meeting Style 4: ‘‘Triple T Your Way to NewIdeas’’.

Part 2: Speed Meetings.

Speed Meeting Type 1: ‘‘Two ’nOut’’.

Speed Meeting Type 2: ‘‘Step ItUp’’.

Speed Meeting Type 3: ‘‘I Gotta UseIt’’.

Agenda Item 4.

Why Everyday Office Meetings Suck . . . Skip This andYou’re Screwed.

Your Preparation Sucks.

Having No Agenda Sucks.

Your Follow-Up Sucks.

Scheduling a Meeting Sucks.

Warning: Problem Solving at 8 AM and 6 PM Sucks.

The Overinvitation Sucks.

Starting Late Sucks.

‘‘Dogs Who Get Off the Leash’’ Suck.

Conference Rooms Suck.

Agenda Item 5.

Your Presentation Sucks . . . Really, Yours Sucks.

PowerPoint Sucks.

‘‘Um . . . aah’’ Sucks.

PowerPoint Really Sucks.

Monotone Speeches and Movements Suck.

Unreadable Slides Suck.

Cutesy Moving Graphics Suck.

Agenda Item 6.

Make the Best of Sucky Meetings . . . or Get Out While YouCan.

Never-Ending Meetings Suck.

Déjà Meetings Suck.

Project and Update Meetings Suck.

Scattered Showers’ Meetings Suck.

Conference Calls Suck.

Sales Team Meetings Suck.

Online or Virtual Meetings Suck.

Videoconferencing Sucks.

Friday Meetings Suck.

Agenda Item 7.

Big Meetings Suck Even Bigger . . . Get Some Help or Sufferthe Consequences.

Poorly Planned Meetings Suck.

Annual Meetings, Conventions, Teambuilding, and Company RetreatsSuck.

Bad Audio Sucks.

Distractions Suck.

Guest Speakers Suck.

No Introduction and Bad Introductions Suck.

Bad Emcees Suck.

Agenda Item 8.

Heed This . . . or Continue to Suck for the NextMillennium.

Consider Not Having One.

What You Can Do When Stuck in a Boring Meeting.

Conclusion.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2011

    Makes SO much Sense!

    I didnt realize the time I WAS wasting. A very informative approach how to and how NOT to run business conversations.

    I will save time in the workplace from this point on.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    yes, Boring Meetings DO!!!!!

    Ha, saw this title today at my local B&N bookstore and it caught my attention. What I liked was that I could skim through it to find what was pertinent to me. It was concise and easy to undestand and put into action. Plus, it was funny, and I thought , Yes, I have been there! It is time to change the Boring Meetings of the World! Read this book and join the crusade!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    Get your time back and create more effective meetings whether the host or attendee!

    A must read by anyone who hosts or sits through meeting after meeting in their everyday work life. Funny and helpful in soooo many ways. Wish I had this years ago to help the meetings I run, know when to actually have them and when I can get results another way.
    The 'Pass the Pad' and how to start meetings on time was worth far more than the cost of the book. Those were my favorite and most used SRD's so far.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Innovative, funny, quick read & great tips!

    Got the book at my local B&N store, the cover caught by eye & thought it looked interesting! I'm a busy professional & mom, and don't have much time to read these types of books. But very well laid out, quick & easy to read. And funny! You don't even have to read it cover to cover, you can pick & choose which topics apply to you. If you plan, lead, or even just attend a meeting, this book is for you. I may send an anonymous copy to my boss?!

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