Seth's Blog: Getting serious about your meeting problem
Seth on meetings, with some innovative ideas
Getting serious about your meeting problem Do you have one? Some folks are going to eight hours of meeting a day. At Ford, they used to have meetings to prepare for meetings, just to be sure everyone had their story straight. If you're serious about solving your meeting problem, getting things done and saving time, try this for one week. If it doesn't work, I'll be happy to give you a full refund. 1. Understand that all problems are not the same. So why are your meetings? Does every issue deserve an hour? Why is there a default length? 2. Schedule meetings in increments of five minutes. Require that the meeting organizer have a truly great reason to need more than four increments of realtime face time. 3. Require preparation. Give people things to read or do before the meeting, and if they don't, kick them out. 4. Remove all the chairs from the conference room. I'm serious. 5. If someone is more than two minutes later than the last person to the meeting, they have...
Do you have one? Some folks are going to eight hours of meeting a day. At Ford, they used to have meetings to prepare for meetings, just to be sure everyone had their story straight.Create group plans // Which Date Works // www.WhichDateWorks.com
Create group plans // Which Date Works // www.WhichDateWorks.com - http://whichdateworks.com/Editor.aspxSeth's Blog: Three kinds of meetings
There are only three kinds of classic meetings: 1. Information. This is a meeting where attendees are informed about what is happening (with or without their blessing). While there may be a facade of conversation, it's primarily designed to inform. 2. Discussion. This is a meeting where the leader actually wants feedback or direction or connections. You can use this meeting to come up with an action plan, or develop a new idea, for example. 3. Permission. This is a meeting where the other side is supposed to say yes but has the power to say no.
Meetings are marketing in real time with real people. (A conference is not a meeting. A conference is a chance for a circle of people to interact). There are only three kinds of classic meetings: Information. This is a meeting...
"# Information. This is a meeting where attendees are informed about what is happening (with or without their blessing). While there may be a facade of conversation, it's primarily designed to inform. # Discussion. This is a meeting where the leader actually wants feedback or direction or connections. You can use this meeting to come up with an action plan, or develop a new idea, for example. # Permission. This is a meeting where the other side is supposed to say yes but has the power to say no."17 Online Meeting Tools That Facilitate Collaboration
Online conferencing tools are used for many reasons – sales presentations, webinars and training, to name a few. Plus, if you work from home, like many freelancers and small business owners do, you face the unique challenge of needing live meeting time with clients who may be located around the world.
17 Online Meeting Tools That Facilitate Collaboration
online meeting applicationsrendeznew - the NEW way to "meet in the middle"
"When you see an impending crisis, your body has a distinct natural reaction. In your consideration of the crisis, you take a long, deep breath. You often don’t notice this, but if I was sitting next to you, I would hear sigh. A sigh is associated with despair. We’re screwed. Sigh. My interpretation is different; this long, deep breath is one of preparation. Let’s break it down: Breathe in. Gathering your strength. Oh shit, how am I going to deal with this? Hold it. Hold it. Ok, breathe out. Ok, not sure what the plan is, but let’s roll. "
Management by crisis is exhilarating, but it values velocity over completeness; it sacrifices creativity for the illusion of progress.
Rands writes another brilliant article about how to manage humans. If you are managing a team, or part of a team, take 20 minutes and read this one from top to bottom.
A brief essay on how to get things back on track when they've gone off the rails. I find this sort of wisdom very attractive. Makes me want to do things.
"An obsessive meeting schedule is an investment in the boring, but by defining a specific place for the boring to exist, you’re allowing every other moment to have creative potential. You’re encouraging the random and random is how you’re going to win."
"I admit it. I love it when the sky is falling. There is no more delicious a state of being than the imminent threat of disaster. During these times, I’ve done great work. I’ve taken teams from “We’re fucked” to “We made it”. Yeah, we had to cancel Christmas that one time and there was that other time I didn’t leave the building for three days straight, but it was worth it because there’s no more exhilarating place to hang than the edge of chaos. We’re wired to escape danger."Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule
Interesting thoughts on why simple meetings blow the entire day's schedule for a programmer (via Justin Miller)
When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in.
If you can't actually avoid meetings, then at least try to schedule them so you can maximise your productivity. Rings true...
Paul Graham pitches 'flow' from a different perspective.Read This If You Hate Meetings - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com
Are you on Manager or Maker time?Learn How to Work a Crowd - Social Networking - Lifehacker
When you think of "working a crowd," you might think of entertainers at best, and shifty multi-level marketing salesman at worst. There are, however, non-jerky ways to meet people and benefit from casual networking.Top 10 Apps for Scheduling a Meeting Online - ReadWriteEnterprise
"Just as wikis solved the distributed document collaboration problem (that we used to use email for), this class of online tools solves our scheduling problem. Here's our rundown of the ten best scheduling apps to be found, in order of preference. Most of them operate on a freemium basis or are fairly cheap."
* ReadWriteWeb * ReadWriteEnterprise * ReadWriteStart * Country Channels o ReadWriteChina o ReadWriteFrance ReadWriteEnterpriseKetchup
Ketchup is a new tool that will let the busy ones make sure they are never missing important information related to any past meeting ever again. It does that by letting you create a kind of catalogue of meetings. That is, the user comes up with a series of lists that detail information ranging from who was there to what was said and discussed.
Web app for meeting notes. Where is the mobile version?A Little Less Conversation
It's a particularly insidious problem for fast-growing start-ups. When you're really small and you're just starting out, you don't have that many people, so keeping everyone in the loop on everything doesn't really take that much time. But as you get bigger, the number of people who might potentially get involved in any particular discussion increases, and the amount of stuff you're doing as a company increases, and the amount of time you can waste overcommunicating becomes a serious problem.
"Have you ever invited employees to a meeting just so they wouldn't feel left out? If so, you may be an overcommunicator."Meet-O-Matic: The World's Simplest Meeting Scheduler
1. Select possible dates, press 'Book now!' Next: 2. Email participants
I am seriously thinking of using this for scheduling meetings among memebers of the committees that I am in. Take a tour so you can see how easy it is to propose a meeting time and receive attendees' availablity responses.
Very simple meeting scheduler (free)MEETorDIE - Where Lousy Meetings Live on Forever
Calculadora del coste de reuniones (US).
Where Lousy Meetings Live on ForeverThe 22 minute meeting « Scott Berkun
Focus is key.Whiteyboard - The Original Stick-On Whiteboard
drop.io API para colaborar
Collaborative workspaceUUA: Deep Fun
Directions for about 25 well-proven games for groups are succinctly supplied by this free PDF book, aimed at community building.
Kevin Kelly: "Directions for about 25 well-proven games for groups are succinctly supplied by this free PDF book. These games originated in church youth groups, but I've seen them used at camps, large family gatherings, company retreats, and even a few tech meetings. They are aimed at building community, and are primarily ones that can be run indoors. I've played a number of these games as an adult over the years and they really are deep fun. It is amazing how fast you can unleash your inner kindergartner. Some of this group fun, like Silent Football, have been around since ancient youth camp times. I wish more folks would enliven their stuffy meetings and offsites with a few of these games."
fun games to play with groups, via CoolTools