For some people, the work day begins with a ritual. Pour a hot cup of coffee, turn on the computer and check the day’s calendar. Once the caffeine kicks in and the morning cobwebs clear, a daunting slate of meetings hits you in the face.
A 10 a.m. staff meeting. An 11 a.m. budget meeting. A noon lunch-and-learn meeting. A 1 p.m. scheduling meeting. A 2 p.m. project meeting. A 3 p.m. meeting to plan the next meeting.
Where did the day go? It dragged on in an endless series of mind-numbing meetings.
Some meetings are necessary and even productive. Complex projects that involve several departments and an extensive task list require planning and regular meetings to keep up with everything.
But what about those meetings that quickly become an exercise in trying to stay awake as someone drones on and reads a PowerPoint presentation? How about a meeting that serves as a chance for showboats to regurgitate what they just read in a book about the principles of management? Or better yet, a long meeting with a question-and-answer session where a guy just won’t stop asking questions?
How do you deal with monotonous, mundane meetings? Do you have any creative ways to get through boring meetings without losing your mind? Tell us about it, please. I have a meeting at 2 p.m.
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