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10 - The Ten (plus one) Commandments for Good Meetings

How to make meetings not suck – white paper

It’s said that “nature abhors a vacuum.” And as we know, vacuums suck. Meetings also suck. Therefore, it is human nature to abhor meetings, most of which suck.

Meetings suck energy and time from the people that attend them. But they don’t have to be draining, frustrating, and time-wasting trials of your patience. In a perfect world, they’re an investment in creating better results.

Let’s say you were going to invite some good friends for dinner at your home. In all likelihood, you wouldn’t just set a time, give them your address and then think about what you were going to serve just as your guests were walking in the door.

And yet that’s what many people do when they schedule a meeting. The general topic of the meeting is set up, the time and location are shared, and then they open up the topic and hope for the best once the meeting starts.


  • The Ten (plus one) Commandments for Good Meetings
  • The cost of meeting
  • Why do we call a meeting?
  • Invest in making them efficient
  • What is the purpose of meeting?
  • Meeting cadence for running the business
  • Meeting cadence for building engagement
  • How to structure your meeting
  • The Power Agenda
  • Sample Power Agenda
  • Other Logistical Considerations
  • Always always always capture next steps!
  • Managing the meeting
  • Managing feedback and evaluation of a solution
  • Roles in the meeting
  • Guidelines for meetings
  • Ensure All Voices are Heard

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.’ “

Dave Barry