Conference calls – sounds familiar?

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Conference calls can be a pain. Nothing replaces face to face conversations however cost can be prohibitive sometimes.

Does this sound familiar?

or
http://conferencecall.biz/

And if it does, then take a bit to look at this site and identify if you are a freelancer, consultant or simiar: http://clientsfromhell.net/

And of course fun for geeks: http://thedailywtf.com/

My take on meetings – Part 2

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A couple of years ago I wrote what I thought about meetings. Today I will add another thought

If you have a 30 meeting where there are 10 people sitting down with you, this is not actually a 30 minute meeting. It is instead a 30 min * 10 people = 5 hours loss of potentially very productive time.

Moral of the story: keep meetings short and only invite those who really need to be there.

My take on meetings

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I found an extremely interesting article today which talks about why some people love meetings and others hate them, but still go to meetings quite often.

Here is the link:

Another Meeting? Good. Another Chance To Hear Myself Talk

The part that I love is:

David Mazel, a research analyst, thinks people like meetings because “you can stay busy without accomplishing a thing.” He says “having gone to the meeting is the work.”

New rule for me: for every meeting that I have control over, something actionable will come out of it.

New rule #2: avoid meetings that are only to “discuss XYZ” but nothing actionable nor any decision is taken, or that we do a meeting that will just lead to another meeting.

In fewer words, I will make my best not to waste anybodies time nor mine.