Meetings, Manners, and Civilization: The Development of Modern Meeting Behaviour, written by sociologist and meeting expert Wilbert Van Vree, was originally published in 1999, but I just finished it this March. Of the five meeting books I read this spring, this was by far the most thought-provoking, so I asked Dr. Van Vree if he'd be willing to discuss it with us here on the Lucid blog. He agreed!
After more than 25 years of facilitating meetings and training groups, Beatrice Briggs, founder and director of the International Institute for Facilitation and Change, believes she's seen almost every group facilitation situation imaginable.
Yet, she continues to receive emails from colleagues that surprise her.
Numerous facilitators around the world teach managers and teams about the benefits of better meetings, yet few leaders actually understand why it's so important.
Heads of industry continue to focus on cash flow, operations, and reducing waste while ignoring the time, energy and money squandered in unproductive meetings.
Inspired by the many stories she's heard over the years, "No More Boring Meetings" aims to encourage teams and managers to reap the great benefits offered from their time meeting together.
The bookshelves in the Lucid Meetings main office are jam-packed with business books, technical references, Esther Gokhale’s fabulous 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back (posture, people!), and TONS and tons of books about meetings.
Many of which we’ve actually read, some that we aspire to read more deeply, all of which we’ve skimmed, and a handful that we keep dog-eared on the desk.
Should you wish to grace your workplace with some fabulous meeting-related reading, take a look at our list of top reads below. And if you’re in a book-buying mood, you’ll find handy links to all the recommendations here: The Better Meetings Book List on Amazon
I bought this book because I've been following Wayne Turmel's work on collaboration and virtual meetings for several years.
I was looking for a single reference that provided specific, actionable guidance for leading better VIRTUAL MEETINGS.
This book not only achieves that goal, but exceeded my expectations by going beyond technology and focusing on how to prepare and run great meetings - whether virtual, in-person, or some combination of both.