Why meeting agendas are passé, and what you can do to improve them

Bob: “Hey Wendy, I’m back. Do you want to continue our previous discussion? I think we finished the first point I wanted to go over, which is who we need to invite to the meeting so that we achieve the…

Saying No to FOMO – How to treat meetings with intentionality

Bob: “Hey Wendy, we have this facilitation training coming up. Do you want to collaborate to put it together?" Me (Wendy): “Sure. So, how do you want to start?” Bob: “Well, I think we should do exactly what we will…

Facilitate Your Remote Control to Improve Your Meetings and Collaborations

Me (Wendy): “ARGH!!! Bob!!! HELP!!!” Bob: “Wendy, what’s wrong? Are you ok?” Me: “Yes, I’m fine. But people are piling meetings onto our calendars again!! As we agreed, I’m trying to come up with working agreements with the teams of…

Evolve your meetings beyond agendas and action items to achieve better outcomes

So… I need to teach people about the different types of meetings and how to know what truly warrants a synchronous meeting. I’m going to ask Bob to help. Me (Wendy): “Hey Bob, I need help in “teaching” people about…

Do you know why you need to determine your purpose first? (Part 2)

In the last post, we talked about the need to determine our purpose first as it is our reason for waking up every morning. We also mentioned there are a number of ways to figure it out, but I’d like…

Do you know why you need to determine your purpose first? (Part 1)

If you were to ask someone in Japan when they will retire, they would look at you with a befuddled face! You see, in Japan there is no word for retirement in their dictionary. However, if you asked them for…

How to recognize different meeting types to increase your productivity?

"ssssscrape, knock-knock-knock" I got a Slack message from Peter again! Peter: “Hey Wendy, do you have time to continue our discussion from last time about the 4 types of meetings?” Me (Wendy): “Sure. Remember last time I told you I…

Replacing meetings to gain more time on your calendar to be productive

"ssssscrape, knock-knock-knock" I got a Slack message from Peter! Wow! I think I’m changing him 😉 Peter: “Hey Wendy, I noticed that you have been rethinking how we do things around here instead of just finding time on our calendars.…

What other meetings can we remove? What else can we cut from our calendars?

Bob and I have another brainstorm as we continue our quest to remove meetings on our calendars. “Hey Bob, we did great in eliminating status and informational meetings. Maybe we can teach people we don’t need a meeting when sharing…

What meetings can we get rid of? Aren’t there better ways to do things?

Me (Wendy): “Hey Bob, now that we got rid of that meeting with Peter, I think we can get rid of other meetings from our calendars.” Bob: “I’m all ears!” Me: “How about the Tuesday weekly status meeting that takes…