Confusion

My disclaimer: Make complexity engaging not simple

Complexity is not about simplicity When I say that complexity can be surfed with 21st century meetings, it’s easy to think the subliminal message here is that 21st century meetings are simple. Now simplicity and complexity seem to be opposed, and by formal definition they might be. But that’s too simplistic an approach. Simplistic, because… Read more »

Great presentations

Meeting tip: how to have great presentations at your meeting (video)

Many meetings share information through presentations Here’s my second meeting tip, this one is on presentations. Many meetings are about sharing information. And just for now, I am not going to question whether meetings are the best way to do so. Because sometimes you just have this presentation in your meeting. For small groups, bigger… Read more »

Yes, and... go!

4 things I learned on great meetings

It’s a sweet thing to redesign my website. I get to go through all my older posts again: all these ideas on change, innovation and the crucial role of meetings. Time to share with you the 4 things I learned about meetings.   Lesson 1: Meetings are a means to an end This one sounds… Read more »

Big meeting (1 of 2)

Meetings can save the world (potentially) – part II

In my last blog I discussed how great meetings potentially save the world. As an example I used the Climate Talks in Paris of last December, during which the meeting was brought to a successful close by using the Indaba, an inclusive meeting technique. And so I advocated (and still do) the use of many… Read more »

Have you ever met here?

Meetings can save the world (potentially)

And there it was, a small ray of hope in all the dark and gloom of 2015. Let’s face it: 2015 was not a great year: terror (starting and ending in Paris), war in Syria, mass migration on shaky boats… To name just a few highlights.   But the Climate Talks (also in Paris) ended… Read more »

design (1 of 1)

Improving your meetings is a waste of time!

Is improving your meetings a good idea? Most meetings are an energy drain. Everyone working for or with a big organisation knows that. So I often get clients that would like to see their meetings improved.   – Why do you want to improve your meetings? – Well, says the client, I’d love to see… Read more »

Are you ready to move on?

Enabling great decisions: balancing spheres in meetings

Decisions and consensus are not reached in some settings. If the exchange of ideas has stalled and if all point of views are clear, then change settings towards a cosy and warm atmosphere.   Location: a normal meeting room ‘I don’t understand why you aren’t giving us the information!’ I had lost count on how… Read more »

21st century meetings

Are you asking the right questions? – different types of meetings

What questions to ask in your meetings? People unite and gather to make great achievements. When these gatherings become formal we call them meetings. And everyone will agree that there are good and bad meetings. Sadly enough, in most organisations the bad ones dominate over the good ones. And it is sad indeed. Because you… Read more »

Where does your meeting impact?

What is the ROI of your meetings?

Meetings do cost money. Definitely. And you can find numerous tools that help you calculate the costs of your meetings, such as TIM, Time = Money or many more downloadable apps on the internet. But what do these numbers really say? It only tells you how much money you invested in the meeting. And that doesn’t… Read more »

adding some colour

49 ideas to spice up your meetings

Henry Ford would have loved producing our current day meetings the way he produced his cars. His famous ‘any colour – so long as it’s black’ would have marvelously fit the numerous meetings that are being churned out worldwide. A meeting room is a meeting room and a meeting is a meeting. All black, all… Read more »

Sleeping or saying something important?

Who is the hero of your staff meeting?

It was a former colleague at my first job that ignited my interest in meetings. He got me onto meetings… and how to avoid them (see also my other posts). But he did it in a strange way. Just after my graduation I started working for a big organisation, one of those where meetings proliferate…. Read more »

about-header

‘The idea that we need meetings is false!’ Interview with Al Pittampalli

Al Pittampalli calls himself meeting culture warrior. He’s on a mission to change the way organisations hold meetings, make decisions, and coordinate action. It’s a beautiful mission that echoes a lot with the work I do. His manifesto: Read This Before Our Next Meeting sets a new standard for the endless meetings intoxicating our corporate… Read more »

When a yes means different things

Are your meetings clear about decisions?

Coming to a closure, also known as making decisions is always one of the most difficult challenges a group faces. Recently, I was leading a workshop on meetings and many participants faced the difficult issue of decision-making. One of the participants put it clearly: ‘I hate it when I’m being asked to join a meeting… Read more »

Have you ever met here?

Are your meeting rooms inspiring or depressing?

Create an inspiring space! Habit number 4 of my ‘2 Rules and 7 Habits for Creative and Engaging Meetings’ is a reaction to all the poorly designed meeting rooms that abound in offices around the world. So many meeting hours are spent in uninviting, dull and poorly lit rooms. It’s depressing. Why do we do… Read more »

7 types of meetings (by Sam Kaner)

Do it without meeting (the no-meeting organisation)!

You’re in a meeting. The stuff that’s being presented is boring, as is the presenter. You know the discussion will be long and tedious. So you start daydreaming. Dreaming about doing stuff without meeting.   Daydreaming without meeting “Meetings are by definition a concession to deficient organization” is what Peter Drucker wrote in the The… Read more »

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The 2 Rules and 7 Habits at the Creativity World Festival

Finally there it is: my 7 minute presentation of ‘Creative and Engaging Meetings’ at the Creativity World Forum. Especially for all those who have voted for me but where not able to attend the Forum. And of course, also for all the other interested!