Wasted Time & Energy: Bad Meetings-Training-Classes
I was amazed but not enlightened when I heard the speaker say that 80% of all meeting are unnecessary. He caught my attention. He went on to say that every time we engage in another redundant business conversation, we kill the spirit of everyone who is present, we destroy creativity, initiative, and optimism. We extinguish the fire that fuels the work at hand.
All of us have sat in a meeting where collective energy is absent. Where our butts were stuck to the seats and our brains were out on vacation. Where we just wanted to scream, “Are you done yet?” We have all at one time or another resigned ourselves to the boredom and tedious meetings that drag on and on with no end in sight. So why don’t we speak up?
- I don’t want to be the one who always rescues the team.
It is hard to hold yourself back. If you are one who can see through the minutia, see the big picture and can capture a new idea quickly and with knowledge, always being the first to point this out may result in some bad attitudes.
- I don’t feel safe speaking up.
Is it because you have been slapped down so many times you feel why bother? Is it because the others in the room are rude and do not want to even hear a new approach or idea? If so, put the idea or approach in writing and provide it to someone else who feels safe speaking up.
- I don’t want to be attacked for my opinion.
You need to find a new team to work on and be involved with. This goes for a volunteer position also. Your opinions matter and speaking up at times initiates forward movement.
- I don’t want to create tension in the group.
Wow, really! If you speaking up creates tension, it is time to move on. Creative tension is what moves people, projects, and companies ahead.
- I am not the meeting leader.
Leading is not just reserved for the head of the table or the meeting. Leading can and should be from the middle, too. Everyone has some tidbit or experience that others need to know about. Read the 360⁰ Leader by John C. Maxwell.
- It is futile to speak up.
Yep, we have all been here. No matter what I say, I am never taken as serious, have the right education, haven’t been here long enough, we did that once and it didn’t work, the list goes on. So why bother? Might it be time to move on?
Therefore, you did not speak up and you feel you have wasted your time and you know there will be another meeting next week, next month, next year. Wouldn’t it be great to learn how to have an effective meeting?
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