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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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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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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.]
ON THE OTHER HAND:
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?
This two hundred and twenty page hard cover book has red and black doodles of scribbled titled words on lined paper on the front jacket with six reviews on the back and book descriptions in the inserts including an author biography. In addition to contents and forward pages, there are acknowledgments, about the author and index pages. There were no noticeable grammatical or typographical errors.
In his book, Petz drives the point home that too much time and effort is wasted in company meetings, conference calls, webinars and even group brain-storming. He blames it not only on the person running the meeting but also the attendants. He cajoles, mocks and begs for all participants to realize the utter waste in these unproductive meetings and to either stop doing them or make them more interesting. He provides simple answers to making them exciting, purposeful and entertaining.
He touts that cell phones should be turned on, games played to promote participation for individual and group interactions, white boards used and everyone be on the clock for starting and ending the meetings. He comes up with innovative ways for not only the facilitator but the attendee to accept their responsibilities in every meeting they attend.
Gone are the days of overdone PowerPoint with read aloud, following the words productions or cutesy animated artwork. It gets down to the nitty-gritty of actually accomplishing something during a meeting by suggesting whomever comes in last takes notes (thus the paper is passed on as the next person enters the room), removing all chairs in the room so everyone has to stand and think at the same time and promoting polling through social media. He also includes several helpful and informative websites for further references.
It is an excellent resource for the person heading the meeting as it gives detailed instructions and recommendations on how to have a successful, meaningful, productive meeting, and attendees are challenged to learn how to change the meeting's dynamics, give constructive criticism and even leave the room if necessary.
The book is recommended to be given to all upcoming and seasoned sales managers, set-in-their-ways business owners and even small group speakers along with anyone who has to attend such boring events and need viable resources to get out of them.
I utilize several of the activities with the you women and men I work with and when I happen to have the book with me and I set it down there is always (yep always) someone who spies "Boring Meetings Suck" who laughs or grins with a "that is so true" remark)
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BORE NO MORE!