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The four types of 21st century meetings

New era requires new meetings!

It’s common wisdom that the complexity in which organisations currently operate requires a different type of organisation. New, however, is that we also need different meetings fitting these new organisations. I call them 21st century meetings.


What is the ROI of your meetings?

Meetings do cost money. Definitely. And you can find numerous tools that help you calculate the costs of your meetings. Just google for downloadable apps! But what do these numbers really say? It only tells you how much money you invested in the meeting.


Improving your meetings is a waste of time

Is improving your meetings a good idea?

Most meetings are an energy drain. Everyone working for or with a big organisation knows that. So I often get clients that would like to see their meetings improved.

 


Enable great decisions by balancing spheres

Decisions and consensus are not reached in some settings. If the exchange of ideas has stalled and if all point of views are clear, then change settings towards a cosy and warm atmosphere.

 

Location: a normal meeting room

‘I don’t understand why you aren’t giving us the information!’ I had lost count on how often I already heard this reproach.


How soviet are you as a meeting leader

I am on my way back from Kyrgyzstan where I facilitated a 3-day conference. Kyrgyzstan (for those of you who don’t know) is a former Soviet Republic in Central Asia. Hence, it’s one of those countries where the state ruled and intervened in all aspects of individual lives of its citizens.


Do it without meeting

You’re in a meeting. The stuff that’s being presented is boring, as is the presenter. You know the discussion will be long and tedious. So you start daydreaming. Dreaming about doing stuff without meeting.


You are your meeting rooms

Create an inspiring space! Tip number 4 of my 7 meeting tips (download brochure) is a reaction to all the poorly designed meeting rooms that abound in offices around the world. So many meeting hours are spent in uninviting,


Meetings can save the world (potentially)

Meetings can save the world (potentially)

And there it was, a small ray of hope in all the dark and gloom of 2015. Let’s face it: 2015 was not a great year: terror (starting and ending in Paris),


49 ways to spice up your meetings

49 ways to spice up your meetings

Henry Ford would have loved producing our current day meetings the way he produced his cars. His famous ‘any colour – so long as it’s black’ would have marvelously fit the numerous meetings that are being churned out worldwide.


Who is the hero of your staff meeting?

It was a former colleague at my first job that ignited my interest in meetings. He got me onto meetings… and how to avoid them (see also my other posts). But he did it in a strange way.


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