Meetings get a bad rap. Ask a coworker to attend a meeting; sometimes you will see their shoulders droop. What gives?
As it turns out, meetings aren’t the problem. We are. Most of us don’t really know what a meeting is. Why are we gathering 20 people in a room just to listen to one or two managers talk and then calling it a meeting? It’s time to redefine our terminology. Meeting: a small gathering whose purpose is to solve a problem in a short time frame.
Warning signs that your “meeting” may not be a meeting:
Signs you’re in a true meeting:
If all meetings would follow the “true meeting” formula and the other kinds of gatherings were called what they are — presentations or training events — meetings would stop getting such a bad rap. Managing expectations is a key to happier employees, and fewer “meetings” always sounds good.