Don’t Kill Meetings

I hear people who want to do away with meetings…

There are even books talking about the death of meetings…

I know people who say meetings waste their time…

I’ve been at meetings that waste my time…

I say, however…

DON’T KILL MEETINGS!

Make meetings better!

You may have to make the meetings more entertaining.

Meetings may need to be more purposeful.

Perhaps meetings need to complete better agendas.

But don’t kill meetings…

Until you first try to make them better.

You may now need to read 7 Ways to Prepare for More Effective Meetings

Be honest:

Do you hate meetings?

Do you look forward to meetings?

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22 thoughts on “Don’t Kill Meetings

  1. Ron! To be frank, I have experienced meetings as a great productivity killer. I have also seen people conducting meeting for the sake of meeting. Hence, I am not in favor of conducting meetings. To the extent possible, I wish the meeting to be short and precise.

  2. I dread meetings of any kind. Mostly because I know the leader is not putting any heart into it. It's just a motion or an obligation. It's so sad because so many have potential to be motivational. At least Michael Scott puts thought and heart into his meetings…

  3. I don't like meetings when I am being "managed"! Being managed makes me feel like a "volunteer"! I like meetings where I am being mentored by servant leadership. When I am mentored, I become a servant-leader who stands the tests of time, who serves God 1st and who grows through every challenge with God Purpose. Anyone can have meetings and manage people. You have to dig deeper to have meetings that mentor leadership, creating an atmosphere where the love of God compels, the heart of God fuels the passion and your leadership walks away mentored by God, not managed by human condition. The difference between a meeting that manages people and a meeting that mentors servant leaders to me is the leader walks away and models the vision of the meeting from the inside out. When I walk out of meeting where I have been mentored, my leadership is fired up usually by a challenge that is way bigger than me, yet I have been inspired by the vision of the meeting and I know that God's Purposes are far greater than the challenge at hand. A meeting where I am mentored and not managed, my focus in not aligned with "doing" but with "being"! A person who is managed is wearing ministry, from the outside to the inside, in a feeding my "feel good" kind of way and the duty of that will wear down the "human condition" of will-managed excitement, and you get a topsy-turvy volunteer. If you are mentoring your leadership in every meeting, you are creating a servant-warrior leader who stands in Holy Alignment with God 1st, and presses through all things, serving in stability with excellence! I don't want to be managed; I want to be mentored, because being mentored adds value to my life, being managed makes me feel inadequate and causes me to try too hard, fleshing outward instead of depending inward on the Holy Spirit in me. Just some thoughts! Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great week!
    Twitter: kmac4him

  4. I have an idea that many times, prople are on a committee out of guilt, some that are there don’t feel qualified, some are just plain burned out. No matter how you look at it, meetings are going to run longer and without focus. It might behoove us to try to fill these meetings, these committees, with people that actually want to be there! It just might make a world of difference.
    Twitter: bryankr

  5. Being in the “who says meetings have to be boring?” business, I spend my life helping corporations, businesses & teams lead and develope more effective meetings. Our creative meeting space is ideal for infusing a meeting with fun & creativity while substantially increasing productivity, idea generation and engagement! Don’t stop meeting, just meet differently!
    Twitter: Amidean

  6. I think the frustration many times is that we go to a meeting and leave there having accomplished nothing. Unless the meeting is about last nights ball game it is not the time to discuss last nights ball game. We need to focus on the task at hand and accomplish what we are there for. A meeting isn't alway necessary. Sometimes we just need to communicate which can be done without a meeting through email, phone, etc. One of my biggest frustrations was not following through with what we discussed at the meeting. There needs to be some communication in between the "now and then" though a call, email, text whatever.

    • Agree David. That's probably part of the “making meetings better”. Don't have one if there's not a need. Thanks!

  7. Meetings frustrate me most of the time because people focus too much on their own needs. But I agree that meetings need improved not eliminated. They are important because they provide much-needed, face-to-face communication that is lacking in our social media age. This type of communication can be much more effective in accomplishing tasks and in eliminating misunderstanding. They can also be a great way to get things done.
    Twitter: KariScare

  8. I think a well run meeting is crucial. I've had to run some, though, and that's easier said than done. Last week Jon Acuff wrote a post suggesting that some meetings be conducted without chairs to keep people from getting too comfortable so they'd get to the point. Sounds interesting.

    • I agree Ben. I've heard so many people lately talk about meetings wasting their time. I know many do and probably many that I've led, but I don't think we should throw them out but make then better.