Friday, December 07, 2007

Meetings

I spent a lot of my day in meetings. The thing about meetings is that they are seldom inspirational. More often than not, they have this way of gradually draining their victims of creativity and will to thrive. I understand that meetings are necessary, and that it is a great medium for communication, but only when the right people are involved for the right amount of time.

Needless to say I was with on my way between meetings with another person and he mentioned how given the choice he would really like to skip out on the next appointment. Being a Friday afternoon, I asked him if we should start a game. It was determined that the contest would be to see who could work the word "route" into the conversation as many times as possible.

We hadn't even sat down before this person had used the word. He won the game. But only because I lost track of the game and never came to the table to play. I'll claim that I was too busy paying attention to the conversation, which didn't leave the brain cells to play the game. However, we have a meeting with the same group next week at which time I would like to try again.

At the end of the day, I suppose that some of what you'll get out of a meeting depends on what you bring to it by way of preparation and germane conversation. Everyone already knows it, but time comes at a premium. The least a meeting organizer can do is to make the time spent worthwhile.

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