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Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings [Hardcover]

Jon Petz
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Book Description

April 19 2011
The guide that proves your meetings don't have to suck!

There's a big dull elephant in the boardroom: this meeting! Most of the millions of meetings held in the world today are a monumental waste of time and talent. Worse still, most of the so-called solutions and books for boring meetings are twice as boring.

Boring Meetings Suck provides tips and tactics to deliver "Get-In, Get-It-Done, or Get-Out" style meetings, while also tackling what most prefer to avoid; that you don't have to BE in charge of a meeting to TAKE charge of a meeting. This entertaining and take-no-prisoners guide is full of easily deployed SRDsSuckification Reduction Devicesthat will help you make your next meeting both efficient and effective.

  • Empowers attendees to politely speak up and get a meeting back on track, or graciously get out, without being fired
  • Shows how hosts can capitalize on technology, learning to crowd-source problems and increase participation
  • Defines surefire methods to get meetings to start and end on time and not have the speaker read the slides
  • STOPS over-invitation syndrome
  • The author has appeared before many major corporate clients, and was named a "Top Business Professional Under 40" by American City Business Journals

Your meetings do not have to bore, nor must they suck. Instead, get the winning techniques in Boring Meetings Suck, and make your meetings awesome in their engagement and productivity, or stop having them!


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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, it's not about the technology May 28 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the real corporate efficiency drain uncovered April 17 2011
By Buckeye Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Suggestions! June 6 2011
By Tad - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Informative and valuable management tool April 16 2011
By Vaurin - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars clever concept-- great attention-getting cover!! April 4 2011
By Dawn A. Ross - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love this cover, and am very excited to recommend this book !!! Unique concepts regarding meeting planning and execution. Everyone who has ever had to run a meeting, or been bored to death by one... MUST READ
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from a retired General Manager April 15 2011
By RH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Where was this book a few years ago when I really needed it? This is of value for any kind of meeting: of course business first, community meetings, board meetings, etc. as they all seem to waste time for most of the same reasons. Some new, unique ideas that can save you time in the future. Most 1 hr meetings run into 1.5 to 2 hours. If the first 1/2 hour was spent reading this book, you could still probably end the meeting in 1 hour with the info you had just gained.
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