A quick vent about meetings
Feels a bit like sending Macy's customers to Gimbel's.
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If you’re working in the asynchronous communication space, it can be easy to get frustrated by the competitive alternative you’re up against: the live meeting.
Because I am out here trying to evangelize the async world, I’ve become obsessed with trying to better understand and analyze live meetings. What makes them work? What makes them fail? What kinds of meetings are there? Why do we get so frustrated with them?
Complaining about meetings with co-workers is probably the most common convo around the Bevi.
But, every once in a while, there is a meeting that is…awesome. Actionable, efficient, on-time, and had a sprinkle of entertaining pre-meeting banter. Ok, they’re not all bad. I really like John Cutler’s take on meeting optimization in “The Beautiful Mess”. He argues that we should be product managing our meetings the same way we product manage our actual products:
But most companies treat meetings as an afterthought. If the meeting were a product, no one would buy or renew. There's no product-market fit, and it doesn't solve a problem. People show up at meetings, get no value, complain about the meetings, and treat the whole thing like an intractable Gordian knot.
Harsh but true.
What meetings on your calendar do you look forward to? Which would you renew? Which would you cancel?
Raman at Rhetoric
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