Just say “No!” to bad meetings

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Does your company have boring, unproductive meetings? Sometimes, perhaps, a boring meeting is better than no meeting, but usually not. It’s worth it to take the time to improve your meetings. One way that I find to make meetings more productive is if the attendees can get up to speed on the issues that you want to talk about beforehand.

Of course, the level at which you want to engage your audience may vary, but if you do want input from the people at the meeting, you might consider using a Wiki or another online collaboration tool to get people thinking and even talking about the subject before having a face-to-face meeting. I have used Basecamp as a project management tool; it’s writeboard feature functions similarly to a Wiki, in allowing different people to edit or add text, and it has a message board, to-do lists, and milestones. Their product blog has some interesting case studies and other product feature info. Some popular Wikis are Wetpaint and PBWiki. All of these tools are free, so they are limited in their functionality, but worth checking out. What I did initially was try them out with a small group of people, including using Basecamp to coordinate a personal project (my wedding!). Go forth and let technology work for you!

Of course, there are a million other ways to make better meetings. Do you have any favorites?

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