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blogMeeting Basics

  1. 06 July 2011

    According to MindTools, effective meetings boil down to the following crucial things: they achieve the meeting's objective, they take up a minimum amount of time and they leave participants feeling that a sensible process has been followed. Do your meetings follow these three basic criteria? Use yaM and you will never have to answer this question!

  2. 28 May 2011

    Creating an effective agenda is one of the most important elements for a productive meeting. It makes you consider why you are having a meeting, what its goals are, who needs to attend and how long it might take. Creating a meeting agenda with yaM is as easy as one, two, three. The agenda is very well organized and easy-to-see and not a scribbled bit of paper that you can barely read. What elements should a meeting agenda include?

  3. 25 May 2011

    Gender science tells us that women are more likely than men to remember they even read this blog post. We all have attended meetings organized by both a man and a woman and we all agree that the style of conducting a meeting is different. So, who is better at holding meetings? A man or a woman? It turns out that it's not a question of better, just different. Let's find out what lies at the bottom of it all.

  4. 18 May 2011

    Meetings are a critical part of any business, however, they have become a drain sometimes causing even more problems than they aim to solve. The good news is that James Collier has come up with a very simple solution on how to make meetings matter - it's called SPARC.

  5. 27 April 2011

    There are so many famous quotations out there to help you make meetings matter. Alexander Graham Bell said that "before anything else, preparation is the key to success". So, if you want your meetings to be productive - get ready, create an agenda with the help of the user-friendly yaM application and hold the most productive meeting ever.

  6. 27 August 2010

    According to a study by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles (Forbes, 10/25/93) * The average meeting takes place in the company conference room at 11 in the morning and lasts an hour and 30 minutes

  7. 19 August 2010

    Certainly at least once a week, you can find yourself trapped in a poorly run meeting, wasting both time and resources. Such meetings seem to be accepted as a fact of business life. However, an unfocused meeting can be sharpened right when it is in progress. More importantly, within a business group, the cycle of inefficient meetings can be broken. It takes a planning model and some preparation.

  8. 17 August 2010

    Almost everyday people in organizations have to attend meetings. Has anyone at the organizations looked at those meetings to determine if they are productive? Does anyone in the organization know if the meetings were beneficial enough to be worth the investment? If the answer is NO, then please read on to determine how to verify the worth a meeting has to the organization.

  9. 16 August 2010

    You’ve got your list of things you want to accomplish for today, and yet, after a series of meetings that you had to go to throughout the day, none of the things on your list got done. That’s because meetings are almost always a huge drain on your time, and should be killed on sight.

  10. 12 August 2010

    Many organizations have been swamped by information overload. Contrary to popular opinion, you can indeed have too much of an otherwise good thing. Information is good, particularly when you have the right information, in the right quantities, at the right time. Alas, in too many organizations, directives for urgency and quantity have replaced deliberateness and quality. As a result, surveys show, people within the organization feel overwhelmed by the non-stop avalanche of information that seems to careen their way.