10 Strong Opinions I Have About Meetings 

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Pastor Ron Edmondson has been in thousands of meetings throughout his career. Today, he candidly shares his thoughts about them!

I have lots of meetings in my world. Over the years of business, non-profit leadership, elected office, and ministry, I’ve probably attended several thousand meetings. Along the way, I’ve developed some strong opinions. 

I thought I’d share a few. 

Here are 10 strong opinions I have about meetings: 

  1. If all the decisions are already determined – don’t call a meeting – send me an email. Don’t waste my time. 
  2. If you’re meeting at a time when people are naturally hungry – feed us. And, pay for it. 
  3. If we don’t have an agenda – if it’s simply on the calendar, but there is really nothing to discuss – well, I don’t mean to seem rude, but what are we doing here? 
  4. If every new idea is going to be shot down – would skeet-shooting be a better use of our time? 
  5. If we keep doing this the same way every time, won’t someone  – someone like me – eventually get bored. 
  6. If we are only going to talk about it – but never really do anything about it – isn’t this really just a social event? 
  7. If one person dominates all the conversation – let’s skip the meeting and schedule a speech. 
  8. If everyone is invited – nothing is getting accomplished today – let’s have a party. 
  9. If it’s past time for most people to go home – let’s postpone – you’ve lost our full attention. 
  10. If no one is taking notes – will we even remember any of this tomorrow? 

Just a few of my thoughts about meetings. I’m not opposed to them at all. I think they are vital to healthy  organizations. Let’s just keep getting better at them. 

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