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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 tell people. Facilitation starts WAY before any meetings. So, let’s jot down what we doContinue reading “Saying No to FOMO – How to treat meetings with intentionality”

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 when to have a meeting (synchronous), when not to (asynchronous), and what questions to ask.Continue reading “Facilitate Your Remote Control to Improve Your Meetings and Collaborations”

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: “Hey Bob, I need help in “teaching” people about what warrants a synchronous meeting, and what doesn’t, and what people need to do. Remember inContinue reading “Evolve your meetings beyond agendas and action items to achieve better outcomes”

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 had to run? I met with Bob and we brainstormed for the next product iteration.”Continue reading “How to recognize different meeting types to increase your productivity?”

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. Are you on a mission to eliminate meetings?” Me (Wendy): “Hey Peter, nice to seeContinue reading “Replacing meetings to gain more time on your calendar to be productive”

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 eliminate 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 or gathering information. We can do that asynchronously. For example, we can use Slack orContinue reading “What other meetings can we remove? What else can we cut from our calendars?”

Do we have to do a video call? Aren’t there better ways to do things? (Part 2)

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 forever? Most people just sit there. Only a few ask questions. What if we cancelContinue reading “Do we have to do a video call? Aren’t there better ways to do things? (Part 2)”

Do we have to do a video call? Aren’t there better ways to do things? (Part 1)

“Ding!”  I’ve got mail! Bob is asking when I can meet with him and Peter. Strange. He usually Slacks me. Then I see Peter on the “CC” list. Everything is a meeting for Peter. When he wants to share some news, he calls a meeting. When he wants to discuss something, he calls a meeting.Continue reading “Do we have to do a video call? Aren’t there better ways to do things? (Part 1)”


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