You’re Doing Meetings Wrong: Here’s How To Fix Them

March 5, 2016

Before we begin today, would anyone want some water? Coffee? Okay, let’s go around the table and introduce ourselves!

Meetings can be a pain. They can interrupt your work, make you hang out with people you don’t like, accentuate office politics, create tension, and remind everyone how dysfunctional your team can be sometimes.

meetingsI however, enjoy meetings!  I know it sounds crazy, but when a meeting is planned and conducted the right way, it can be a great opportunity to get things done, make difficult decisions, set priorities, and direct work in a way that will get things done.

So how can you transform your meetings? How can you start looking forward to them?

To answer these and many other questions, I bring back to the show my friend Elizabeth Harrin. I have “met” with Elizabeth a few times as she’s been a recurring guest on the show and I can say this: she is an expert in conducting quick, productive, concise, to-the-point meetings which I look forward to every single time.

Besides, she has created a helpful resource for us wanting to have better meetings: The Meetings Template Kit.  We talk about that and more during our conversation, which you can listen to by pressing the play button above.

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How To Have Better Meetings with Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth Harrin is director of The Otobos Group, a project communications consultancy which helps people tell the story of their projects more effectively. She is the author of Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World, Social Media for Project Managers and Customer-Centric Project Management. She’s particularly interested in stakeholder engagement and team communications.

Elizabeth also works as a practicing project and program manager. She spent eight years working in financial services (including two based in Paris, France) before moving into healthcare.

Elizabeth writes the blog A Girl’s Guide to Project Management, for which she won the Computer Weekly IT Professional Blogger of the Year award in 2011. She is widely published on project management topics and has contributed to Projectmagazine as well as the websites Projects@Work, and

Here’s where you can get your copy of the Meeting Template Kit. If you purchase it before March 18th, 2016, you will also get a free copy of Better Networking Skills.

And finally, here are some other free resources from Elizabeth Harrin:

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