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Category Archives: Meetings

Mixed message

I witnessed a peculiar event just the other day. It was a talk given by a foreign expert in a specific professional topic area, hosted by another, local, expert. It was a huge success. But there was one odd thing. . .

A bit of slack

Whether you keep your juniors on a short leash, or give them plenty of rope to hang themselves with, it’s worth remembering that you’re still left holding the other end. Ultimately, the CSI team is going to find you there. What have you been doing at your end of things?

Are you sure we were at the same meeting?

You’ve held the best meeting anyone’s ever attended. It closed to actual applause, and everyone came up afterward to congratulate you. Clearly, a job well done, right? Not yet. . .

Managing your meeting

Some people think that plans that are especially well done will somehow execute of their own accord. This is particularly true of meetings. But remember that these are especially sensitive venues, filled with both promise and danger for everyone attending – many will want to subvert it to their own ends. Others may join the struggle. If you don’t take charge, the whole thing may end up in the ditch. So, take charge, and make no apologies about it. . .

Making your meeting

Suppose you have determined that a meeting is exactly the right step to take at the right time, and that you’ve successfully marketed it to the key attendees whose participation is key to its success. But you still have what the software industry used to call “airware” – something you’ve sold, but not yet created. So, it’s time to get busy with that. . .