What meetings are for

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In meetings where the goal is to create something, an output of some sort, only a small number of people talk a lot while the rest just wait for the time to end. They are present, partially listening, but are not really there. While many things are being discussed, there’s so little accomplishment, even close to none.

I don’t know why we do meetings. We could have done most of the meetings outside the meeting, done in conversations with people who care about that specific part of the process. If there are documents to be discussed in the meeting, why are they not done through email instead? Emails were made for that, don’t you think? Send the document to everyone, have them provide comments, consolidate them, and provide feedback until everything is sorted out.

Meetings are mostly gatherings for announcements, formalities.

Because if you want to build something and have other people share insights about them, don’t start a meeting. Start conversations with them, and with that, I mean a small number of people. Maybe six people the most.

But if what you want is to have discussions with people more than six, there’s an email for that.


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