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John Poelstra is obsessed with meetings, and for good reason. Meetings are responsible for billions of dollars in wasted productivity every month. John is on a mission to make meetings more effective, and he joins us on the podcast to talk about how you can make your meetings better.


Cheat Sheet

  • The real/hidden costs of poorly run meetings
  • How to use the MAP acronym – Minutes, Agenda, and People – to run more effective meetings
  • How to write great meeting minutes for meeting attendees
  • How to answer the age-old question: Do you really need to have a meeting?
  • Why you should start with an anticipated outcome and the benefit to the meeting
  • Why you need to be more selective in the people you invite to a meeting
  • How to keep a meeting from being derailed and becoming a waste of’ time
  • Steps you can use to change your current company culture around meetings
  • Tips & tricks for conducting productive virtual meetings

Links

Book, tool, ritual

Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport
Tool: Trello
Ritual: A 30-minute walk first thing in the morning – working on a problem and not listening to a podcast.

Connect with John Poelstra:

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  1. A friend of mine has a saying about meeting: No agenda? Don’t “attenda”! I always think of these words when an invite gets in my inbox and I try to figure it would why I should give it my time.
    John has some great insights, this podcasts was great.

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