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Meetings, bloody meetings

Last week, I wrote about How to run a meeting. An important part of any successful meeting is having a clear agenda, and sharing that with people ahead of time so they can come to the meeting prepared to talk about the items. When everyone comes prepared, meetings can be very productive.

Meetings that are not run this way can be dreadful, as exemplified by the short film, Meetings, bloody meetings, with John Cleese and produced by Video Arts. (Cleese was co-founder of Video Arts.) This is just a trailer for the full training video, but shows several excellent "do not" examples.

How often have you been a meeting like this? Meetings like that can really take the life out of every participant. Nothing gets done, and people dread attending the next meeting.

Don't let your meetings end up this way. What things can you learn about running a meeting successfully?