Why meetings are boring and how to make them interesting

downloadMeeting are normally full of structured agendas, tedious irrelevant reviews, and some long winded person going on and on following some mythical rabbit down a rabbit trail. Meetings usually touch a lot of topics rather than dive deep into anything that really matters.

Meetings are boring because they lack drama or conflict. Rather than mining for conflict, most leaders of meetings seem to be focused on avoiding tension and ending the meeting on time. While this may seem like a noble pursuit, it lies at the heart of bad meetings. Conflict is nothing more than an anxious situation that needs to be resolved.

Bad meetings usually indicate a huge gap between performance and potential.

Avoiding issues that deserve debate not only makes meetings boring,it guarantees the issues won’t be resolved. This is a recipe for frustration that breeds into unproductive personal conflict and office politics.

Bad meetings almost always leads to bad decisions which is the most common path to mediocrity.

If you want to have great meeting talk about the touchy subjects and get everything out on the table and debate the situation. Mine for conflict by asking a lot of probing questions. After that give people something to rally around.

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6 thoughts on “Why meetings are boring and how to make them interesting

  1. Well said. Meetings are also a way for some senior guys to hear what they want to hear from the people they want to hear from – sort of legitimizing a predetermined position. This effectively cuts off anyone (else) from saying anything meaningful, relevant or contradictory, resulting in a wide gap between perception and reality.

  2. You forgot to mention the endless boring statistics.

  3. Rajiv says:

    Most meetings also see many people engaged in WhatsApp conversations because the boss is so borning

  4. Reblogged this on Bruce E. Hoffman and commented:
    AWESOME!! 🙂

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