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In Defense of the Meeting

You are in a pointless meeting. You have been in this meeting for forever and three days, and it’s his fault. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. You resent that this is a waste of your time. You are indignant. “Why won’t he stop talking? We already went over this. This isn’t relevant. He’s pontificating.” You find yourself in this kind of meeting all the time and your attention is slipping away…

I urge you: stop. Pay attention. Sit up straight and engage. Wallow in the pointlessness. Chew on this. Because you are watching the very worst version of yourself, and it’s something you need to see. Working with people can be frustrating—no “7 Tips to More Productive Meetings” article is going to make it simple. You can read 1,359 blog posts that tell you to “listen” or “empathize,” but the route to finding peace in collaborative communication is so much harder, because it’s about personal subjugation.

Meetings with colleagues are part of the creative process, not a distraction from it. To get things done, we have to work with people, and to love what we do, we have to embrace that. We are all on a journey toward being better. I suck at it. So many of you are further than me, but you aren’t there yet, because there is no “there.”

via In Defense of the Meeting – 99U.

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