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Due to numerous requests of yaM users, we have developed yaM integration with MS Exchange aimed at synchronization of contacts, meetings and tasks.
Dear users and followers, the yaM family has decided to publish a weekly list of the best links on how to make your meetings matter and share them with you on our blog! Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and get the best links on productivity and efficiency!
This is a guest post by @MeetingBoy, whose rants have cracked us up (and made us think) for quite a long time. This is the first bit of the stuff we are planning to do together, so hang around for more.
In the corporate world, “team” meetings leave a bad taste in most people’s mouths’ as being unnecessarily long, drawn out and ultimately of little value. Stand-up meetings are short and informative. They unify the team, they are cheap and very focused.
It's Monday and the most important thing we did today to kick-start the team's work was the morning stand-up - a 10-15 minute meeting to sync-up tasks, priorities and raise awareness of anything important that has come up recently. Of course, we used yaM for that.
Nowadays a lot of companies have their own courses on how to boost the meeting productivity, avoid meeting fatigue and meeting failures. Almost every meeting organizer knows the basic rules of the "meeting management": have a clear agenda, invite the right people and make some key decisions. However, meeting organizers and attendees still complain about unproductive meetings but keep on scheduling them every week and running them ineffectively. The secret has been revealed...
The brainstorm is the most popular group creativity exercise. It is quick, easy and it works. But many organizations have become frustrated with brainstorms and have stopped using them. They say brainstorms are old-fashioned and no longer effective. But the real reason for the frustrations is that the brainstorms are not facilitated properly. A well-run brainstorm is fun and energetic. It will generate plenty of good ideas. But a poor brainstorm can be frustrating and demotivational. Let’s look at some simple ways to ruin your next brainstorm meeting.
The most important thing about a brainstorming session is what happens after it ends. No matter how poorly you run a brainstorming meeting, some decent ideas will surface. But depending on what happens after the session, those ideas may or may not impact anything. So while you can read books and take courses on better brainstorming techniques, the most important thing is figuring out how the brainstorming session fits into the larger decision making process you or your team has. Even if you fix how you run the meeting itself, and get better ideas, if you can’t migrate them into the decision making process for the project, what’s the point? With this central point in mind, the following essay covers how to run brainstorming sessions in a way that is most likely to be effective afterwards.