Thinking About the Modern Meeting

I’m so optimistic I’d go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me.

Zig Ziglar, Pick Four (Week 4 / Day 4)

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the Modern Meeting: How it looks, setup, done, and what happens afterward. I’ve been thinking about the following questions:  How do companies currently meet? How can those meetings be better? How much time & money are wasted? If there was a way to organize their meetings to save time and money, How much would that be worth? How much time does the average employee waste in meetings? How much does that time cost? What if we could show companies how to save that time? Would they be willing to change? Would organizations be willing to change their corporate culture? What would that look like and how would we do it?

Over the past month I’ve been trying find the best resources on how to run a meeting. This has lead me to two books, “Read This Before Your Next Meeting,” by  Al Pittampalli and Robert’s, “Rules of Order,” have defined my thinking.   I’ve found there to be three key areas to the Modern Meeting: the planning, the actual meeting , and the next actions.

Plan, Meet, Do.

The next three days, I’m planning to organize my thoughts and notes to better articulate how the Modern Meeting will let people understand the work that needs to be done, how to stay on task, what to plan, how long a meeting should run, who should attend and why, different type of meetings, assigning next actions, and how to track the progress of those actions.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the first step of this process: Plan.

Now I need to go organize my thoughts.