No amount of convenience that software tools and cloud services lend to arranging and joining meetings—in person, online or otherwise—seems to alleviate the frustrations of business people participating in those meetings. Last year, the staffing firm Robert Half Management Resources interviewed more than 400 U.S. workers age 18 and over who were employed in office […]
Addressing a group of people in a formal, structured setting is public speaking—whether the delivery comes from behind a podium, across a conference table, leaning over a speaker phone or using a webcam. Which means participants in any form of business meeting can get the jitters. Skeptical? Just watch for these common signs of public-speaking […]
In 2008, business-tech author Nicholas Carr (contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other esteemed publications) fretted in an essay for The Atlantic (“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”) that, while the power and depth of the Internet enabled him to write best-selling books, such as Does IT Matter? […]
Anyone involved in business knows there’s no shortage of complaining about meetings. Here’s a top-of-my-head litany: Meetings are too long Meetings are too boring Meetings are too disorganized Meetings have too many people – or the wrong people – invited Meetings are too repetitive There’s no shortage of tips for improving meetings, too. A quick Google […]
Earlier this year, Mattel ousted CEO Bryan Stockton. Analysts blamed the firing on stagnating brands and losing business to web-based games. According to a story by NPR, Stockton complained last year that Mattel lacked an innovative culture and placed blame on at least one particular problem: bad meetings. Estimates of the amount of time business […]
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