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2.0 out of 5 stars good reminder, but not really new and not practical enough, 27 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Read This Before Our Next Meeting (Kindle Edition)
Having read this book I wonder to what extent its advice has been useful to me. I fully agree that there are too many meetings that are not useful, that we have to stick to time, that we all have to think carefully whether to call for a meeting and who to invite to avoid wasting precious time, that action plans should be produced and should embrace the brainstorm - but apart from that? Most of it is familiar knowledge, although application in practice requires still a lot of training for many. Holding meetings is indeed a culture, and sometimes we should stop and think rather than going with the flow. The book doesn't offer a lot of practical new ideas.

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.
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