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Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings Hardcover – Apr 19 2011

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (April 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004623
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #504,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Meetings, the cornerstones of collaboration,inspiration, and progress, have suffered excruciating humiliation at the hands of corporate America. Gone are good agendas, participation, focus, and follow-up that are the lifeblood of great meetings. Instead, too many meetings drone on like some sort of soul-crushing, walking-dead zombie robbing workplaces of joy, productivity, and time. But there is good news: meetings can be saved . . .by you! Boring Meetings Suck empowers you to take charge of meetings that have become a waste of time and talent. Most books on meetings focus only on the person responsible for planning and hosting the meeting, but Boring Meetings Suck dares to admit what other authors avoid. Only when attendees learn how to diplomatically speak up and get meetings back on track will everyone benefit.

This book offers dozens of SuckificationReduction Devices, or SRDs, to make the next meeting you attend more efficient and effective. Learn which meetings you can skip and how to callout the perpetrators of poor meeting etiquette. But it's not enough to stop others' meetings from sucking; you must make sure your meeting doesn't suck. Learn how to become a better speaker by making eye contact, working the stage, and varying the speed of your speech. Get the essential elements for planning large meetings or conferences, 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 losing your job

  • The right ways to use PowerPoint (andother technologies) Three polite 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 time intheir pockets

When done right, meetings can rock. They can be vehicles for innovation, motivation, and decision-making. They can spark revolutions. They can save the world! All you have to do is not let themsuck, and this book shows you how.

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Praise for Boring Meetings Suck

"Irreverent for certain (consider the title), but Jon has created an encyclopedia-like compendium of great ideas to make meetings more efficient and effective. Who cannot use more time and less ineffective meetings?"
Larry Hilsheimer, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nationwide Direct & Customer Solutions

"This quick reference, easy read provides some great tips and guidelines to drive effective meetings."
Craig O. Morrison, Chairman and CEO, Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC

"Finally, a book that addresses the IMPACT a meeting can have on its attendees and how that can affect the bottom line, rather than how the bottom line affects the attendees!"
Chris Curry, President and CEO, Destinations by Design LLC

"Jon Petz is the global authority on audience engagement because he's spentfifteen years traveling the globe, engaging audiences. His book is the perfect resource for any organization that wants to reach the people who matter most, or for someone who simply wants to suck less"
Scott Ginsberg, The Nametag Guy, author of The Approachable Leader

"If everyone would adopt the ideas for better meetings contained in this book, many businesses would be more productive. Bad meetings waste a lot of time and most business managers have never had any training on how to conduct an efficient meeting"
Randy Wilcox, founder, SARCOM, Inc.

"Your first step to participate in the movement to eliminate boring meetings is to read this book and implement its ideas."
Jim Canterucci, author of Personal Brilliance

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Am afraid I stopped reading this book after chapter two. Just couldn't get around the backwards logic. The author quotes a well-known efficiency expert who has done research on what technology works for people in meetings. The data showed that people prefer paper and pens. So the author of this book says the people who answered the survey are all wrong and the answer is MORE technology (i.e. Twitter, Facebook love events, Google documents, etc.)??

When the data says what the people want, listen to what people say. Not everyone at your workplace was born with a cell phone in hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Finally the real corporate efficiency drain uncovered April 17 2011
By Buckeye Bob - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Talk all you want about competiting with foreign companies, the impact of the health care bill or how wall street gets away with murder, the real corporate robber of productivity is the meeting. Petz hits it out of the park! Reading this book reminded me of the dozens and dozens of bad meetings I wanted to forget. It should be "a must" read for anyone who really cares about getting more done in less time. While it is a good read from beginning to end, I plan to use the book as a reference guide as I call or am called to a meeting. Lots and lots of good stuff. It is already on the shelf next to my desk with the other guides I use on a continuing basis. I only hope Petz tackles the next drain on American business... sucky presentations.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Michener - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have NOT read the book yet. But because Amazon hasn't quite mastered the fine art of providing relevent rating choices beyond the primitive 1-to-5 Star approach, I'll give it a three, just to be fair.

I'm torn. I want a HOW TO book for effective meetings; I like humor (FUN is in deeply embedded in the culture of my company); we have LOTS of meetings; and I like clowns, except after dark. [See Maxim's review and the author's response to it.]


1. The majority of the 5-Star reviews for this book are from April 2011...

2. ... most within days of one another...

3. ... mostly from folks who've reviewed ONLY this book...

4. ... which often means one thing: they're the author's brothers, sisters, in-laws, co-workers, employees of the publisher...

[Note to Authors: If you're going to have your soldiers go out and recruit for you, at least spread 'em around the calendar a bit. Unless you're CERTAIN your book is going to get HUNDREDS of reviews beyond your loyals.]


A. Maybe the first edition arrived on Amazon's shores in April 2011...

B. ... and the 5-Star reviewers are folks who bought it on-the-spot because we ALL know that most meetings suck...

C. ... AND it was SO good they were each compelled to write their first product review ever...

D. ... and it's the ONLY thing they've ever purchased from Amazon, hence their ONLY product review since...

E. ... which is ENTIRELY possible because we ALL know that most meetings SUCK. (Did I say that already? Sorry.)

So, you see why I'm TORN. Do I give it a shot? Or, do I pick one of the other How To's?

Can someone knock me off the fence here?

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Suggestions! June 6 2011
By Tad - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who runs or attends meetings. It is relevant, full of great ideas, and fun! I can't believe how many of the author's examples come up in our meetings everyday. I think I've just grown to accept the fact that I will lose time attending these meetings. Now, thanks to the author's suggestions, I see that there are things that I can do to minimize that lost time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An Informative and valuable management tool April 16 2011
By Vaurin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is full of great ideas to increase employee engagement at meetings.The author draws upon his considerable experience in both the corporate environment and motivational speaking to create a read that is enjoyable and filled with useful, real-world application. This book is perfect for anyone in the workplace who has ever had to plan or lead a meeting, or even just had to sit in one! Recommended addition for corporate libraries.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very fun stuff! April 15 2011
By luckydice6 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am an editor, and I worked with Jon on some materials to accompany this book. I can honestly say I had a blast! Most of what I work on is dry and boring--just like those meetings we all want to avoid! However, Jon's book is a fun, easy read that will really rev you up for the next meeting. You'll never be bored again with all of the ideas here.

I only wish I had read this book back in the days when I sat through boring meeting after boring meeting at the advertising agency where I worked. ;o)


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