Escaping from unnecessary meetings – expect resistance

You would think it would be easy to cut down on the number of meetings you attend. About half of meetings content is irrelevant to some of the participants. It is an enormous business cost and a source of personal frustration. The business and emotional case is clear. So why do pointless meetings survive? If you’ve ever tried to get out of a regular meeting you probably experienced resistance. In some cases people feel personally hurt if you don’t attend their meetings, as if it was a test of personal loyalty.

"Expect resistance when you escape from unnecessary meetingsIt seems that there are a lot of things going on around meetings, other than just getting the work done. People attend for social contact, visibility and networking. Attendance at meetings is equated with involvement and participation – even if all you do is sit and listen to someone else’s presentation.

There’s also a lot of inertia:  meetings have always been poor, so expectations are low. Although it may seem simple to run a training course on effective meetings management, making the change that surrounds it in a systematic way is a much bigger task.

Based on our experience with our clients,, we developed a structured six step approach to help people disconnect from unnecessary meetings, focus the content and attendees more specifically, and improve the relevance, focus and participation of the meetings that are left.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Global Integration,we chose to share this process free through our “Better Meetings Campaign.” If you register here, you will receive some information each week for six weeks with a specific action to take to cut down the number or improve the quality of your face-to-face and virtual meetings.

Step six of the campaign focuses on how to overcome inertia and resistance to change in your meetings culture. We would, however, recommend that you sign up for the full series as each step builds on the learning from the previous one.

If you would like fewer, better face to face and virtual meetings, join the campaign here today

We are also running a Better Meetings survey, you can find out more and take it here

About the author:

Kevan Hall Kevan Hall is a CEO, author, speaker and trainer in matrix management, virtual teams and global working. He is the author of "Speed Lead - faster, simpler ways to manage people, projects and teams in complex companies, "Making the Matrix work - how matrix managers engage people and cut through complexity", and the "Life in a Matrix" podcasts, videos, cartoons and blog. He is CEO and founder of Global Integration. Company profile: .

Contact us now to find out more or speak to one of our specialists