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July 5, 2016

Meetings: Do You Help, Hide or Hinder?

Yolande Conradie

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What: #MTtalk

Where: Twitter

When: Friday, July 8, 2016 @ 1p.m. EST (6p.m. BST)

Topic: Team Meetings: Do You Help, Hide or Hinder?

Host: @MindTools

About This Week's Chat

Your life at the office has become somewhat unproductive. You're hardly ever at your desk. You don't answer your phone and no one can ever seem to reach you. It's not because you don't go to work or because you're hiding in the building somewhere. You seem to spend most of your working life in meetings. It wouldn't be so bad if they were productive but nothing much comes of them, and you even seem to have caught some meeting viruses: you work during meetings, you don't pay attention, you don't participate... and you don't care.

While we may often feel that attending meetings is an irritation, they are a necessary part of working life.

Our #MTtalk this Friday is about what we do during meetings. Some people talk too much or they repeat what's already been said: they hinder the progress of the meeting. Some people can't seem to find their voice and never share their great ideas: they hide in the meeting. Others will prepare, participate and be aware of punctuality: they help meetings to be productive.

We're eager to hear how you experience meetings and how you've seen them play out in your workplace. Questions that we're going to ask may include:

  • How can you help someone to find their voice in meetings?
  • What's the best meeting tip you've ever received?
  • What have you done to hinder the progress of a meeting?


To help you to prepare for the chat, you're welcome to have a look at the list of resources below. While you're building your knowledge on this subject, it may also help you to become a great meeting attendee!

Here at Mind Tools we believe that we can all help and learn from one another, so we'd love you to participate. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas and experiences in our #MTtalk chat this Friday at 1p.m. EST (6p.m. BST). Remember, your response could be featured right here on our blog!

How to Join

Follow us on Twitter to make sure that you don't miss out on any of the action this Friday! We'll be tweeting out 10 questions during our hour-long chat; you can join in by using the hashtag #MTtalk in your responses.

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