- Publisher: The Domino Project (3 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936719169
- ISBN-13: 978-1936719167
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 960,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Read This Before Our Next Meeting Hardcover – 3 Aug 2011
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Read This Before Our Next Meeting How many times have you dreaded going to a meeting either because you viewed it as a waste of time or because you weren't prepared. Dread no longer: Read This Before Our Next Meeting not only explains what's wrong with ?the meeting, ? and meeting culture, but suggests how to make meetings more effective, efficient, and worthy of attending. It assesses when it's necessary to skip the meeting and ge... Full description
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However, I found very little in the book on how to implement that change, outside of "Just do it and tell people you're doing it", something that most people simply aren't able to do - they're not the people organising these wasteful meetings, and are not in a position to simply refuse to turn up. It would be a much improved book if it advised on how to get other people to follow the rules when you're not in a position to dictate to them.
The book is worth a read, and it's definitely worth absorbing the ideas behind the book, but you may well struggle to turn them into practical actions.
Besides, I am sure that there are many people around who would not be dealing well with information mainly transmitted via paper and paper agendas - there are different learning styles and several of us learn better when they hear information than when they receive it written. Refusing meetings that transmit information and send memos instead that are mandatory to read? It wouldn't work for all of us, and people would require a lot of training in transmitting short and efficiently on paper.
The text is a good reminder of some efficient business practices, but I'm definitely not going to spread the book to colleagues as the book asks. I was lucky to get this book for free. It is currently overpriced and it is certainly not value for money.
When a book advocates stopping all meetings for communication it tells me that the author has little to know knowledge of the power of face to face communication through team meetings and networking to improve employee engagement. When an author advocates sending memos instead of having a meeting and says everyone has to read them, it shows how out of touch they are with the language of comms and how little they understand about the capacity people have for 'reading' more 'memos'.
If I were a cynic I would suggest that the parting words of the author to share the book with as many people as possible was more about driving up sales on amazon than truly effecting change in the way in which the corporate world manages meetings.
What saddens me more is that I came to this book through a senior executive at a large corporate from the Finance sector. Don't waste your money - there are better books out there with more useful advice than this one.
It is quite well written and there are useful suggestions. However there is quite a lot of fluff in it especially at the start. Too many words rambling on about how terrible meeting are rather than offering practical suggestions.
Later on it does offer real suggestions and instructions and they are useful.
However a lot of this information is not original and is well known.
The Q& A session at the book was very useful though.
For a free download this would be highly rated but as they are charging for it I wouldn't really recommend this at all.
'Read this before our next meeting' is a little book that can be read quickly and returned to over and over again. It presents clear workable but revolutionary ideas that can make an organisation get the best out of it's meetings. It explains the difference between traditional and modern meetings and presents steps to get to the modern meeting. It makes a clear distinction between meetings and brainstorming sessions. I like the fact that meetings are not for information-sharing: the author advised on good use of emails and memos for information-sharing. The questions and answers section at the end of the book is helpful. What is more, one can subscribe to receive regular tips from the author!
The book is however most likely to be useful in the hands of managers or heads of organisations as it calls for a complete overhaul of the meeting systems in an organisation. I am in complete agreement with the ideas in the book but I am not able to influence how meetings are done in my organisation. Perhaps I should buy a copy for my bosses and see how they will take to the idea. All is not lost though, as I can implement the modern meeting whenever I have a chance to call for a meeting to support decisions that I need to make. Also, I can use the book to guide my meetings with members of my family and other forums where I can contribute to meetings.
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This little book practices what it preaches. Treat it as a provocation and prepare to debate the ideas and, maybe, change your mind. If you do: co-ordinate to implement. Read morePublished on 19 May 2014 by Dr. M. Clayton
waste of time! don't buy or read this book you won't get any value of it! I wish I could give it zero starsPublished on 1 Mar. 2014 by Mr. Saddat Abid
As an attendee thought it would help me...it did girect my thoughts to awareness of point of meetings and encouraged me to avoid all the past errors... Read morePublished on 4 Dec. 2013 by L. Rees
Makes you think about each meeting you attend and call. Brought on the Kindle so I can not share but as a paperback would be a good work team hand me down.Published on 19 July 2013 by Woody
Nothing revolutionary but a good read non the less! I would recommend as a primer for any new and existing orgPublished on 23 April 2013 by PAUL MARRIOTT
I agreed with nearly everything in this book but when I thought about trying to implement these ideas in places where I've worked ("you mean you expect me to know what the meeting... Read morePublished on 16 May 2012 by Johnny Boy
An old boss of mine used to say that "the best thing about meetings is that they are occasionally cancelled. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2011 by Stephen Billingham