Have a great meeting!

I caught myself the other day saying “Have a great meeting!” to a colleague, as we parted ways. This was a sincere gesture on my part, a well-wishing for the work day. She looked at me like I had gone absolutely battty. Friends! Is this what we’ve come to? Is it true, with this particular form of engagement at work we call “meeting,” that it’s inconceivable to have a good time? I’m asking you to look into this.

Are we having fun yet? (and, thanks for Flickr Creative Commons for the image)

I’m not interested in having you force a particular experience.  Nor is this a suggestion that any given meeting has only one quality to it.  I simply invite you, throughout this week as you partake of any meetings you happen to have, to ask yourself the following: What kind of time am I having?

Let this be a quick kind of check-in. No need to make anything more of it, just simply note a one- or two-word answer that captures the essence of a given “meeting moment.” If you can, come back after a day or two and give us your results. What do you discover, with this experiment? Does the “great meeting” exist?



5 thoughts on “Have a great meeting!

  1. Hi. I love your blog and I wanted you to know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Keep up the good work!

    The Liebster, which means ‘favorite’ in German, is a way to recognize your favorite blogs that have fewer than 200 followers. What a great and supportive way to get the word out about up and coming blogs!

    When you receive the Liebster award, you are supposed to do the following:

    Choose five up and coming blogs to give the Liebster award to. Blogs must have less than 200 followers.
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    Post the award on your blog.
    List the bloggers you gave the award to with links to their sites. Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received the award.
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    Cheers! ~ Hoda

  2. Meetings are a real challenge for me. long history of unpleasant experiences, so this is an area that I will have to bring some awareness to.

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