Top 5 Best TED Talks On How to Have Better Meetings

- Worker Happiness

by Sam at Management 3.0

We know that everyone is ‘Zoom(ed)’ out by now, but as much as meetings drive us crazy, it’s still important to know how to conduct them and have them efficiently. At Management 3.0 we discuss this in our Better Meetings Module, where we delve into eight tips for how to have better meetings, including additional tips for virtual meetings.

Some tips include:

  • One topic per meeting: Meetings should not be systematic. They make sense when the topic or issue is challenging or emotional, and there is a need to address the concerns of your co-workers.
  • Make decisions, even if they’re imperfect: Getting traction on a single thing is far more useful than touching on many without forward momentum on any.
  • Shorter meetings are more productive: Use a solution-focused approach: Shorten meetings, focus on actions and not on the problem.

But we’re not the only authority on the subject and that’s why we wanted to compile advice from other experts on what they say is the best way to have better meetings and to share that with you. And what better way to do that than by pulling together a list of excellent TED talks? So here we go.

Five great TED talks on how to have better meetings

#1: The Power of You to Truly Make Meetings Work, with Steven Rogelberg: There are 55 million meetings taking place in the U.S. every day, even though many people don’t see meetings as being used effectively or maximizing the space. Meetings are needed for cooperation, coordination, and organizational democracy. Steven Rogelberg examines how not to remove meetings, but eliminate bad meetings.

#2: The Art of Meetings, with Lisa Wube: Today alone there will be 11 million meetings across the country. And half are deemed unproductive. This is the current reality of our collective experience we call meetings. But Lisa Wube, a Parks and Recreational professional, says it doesn’t have to be that way. She asks, “What if we were to see meetings as a blank canvas?”

#3: How to avoid death By PowerPoint, with David JP Phillips: With a seldom seen depth of knowledge and passion for his subject, David Phillips has become the leading Swedish figurehead in the art of making presentations. He is the founder and owner of Sweden’s largest resource on the subject and is also author of the ground-breaking book “How To Avoid Death By PowerPoint” published in more than 30 countries.

#4: No More Flipping Meetings, with Brent Stubb: Learn about the journey of trying to improve how we connect in meetings. Taking the lessons of flipped classrooms, Brent flips meetings to create more authentic and meaningful connections with colleagues. An experienced public speaker, full of energy, a student finishing his doctorate at GSU, and an Academic Dean, Brent’s talk is about the work he has done to change the way we can connect in meetings using technology and intentionality.

#5: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings,with David Grady: An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses, and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.

Share your tips with us about how you make meetings productive and fruitful, specifically how you’ve done that during the pandemic. Write your thoughts in the comments below or contact us, or join our community and share thoughts with like-minded people, all who care about redefining the future of management and leadership.

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