Book Review: Meeting Mastery — The Leader’s Guide to Meetings with Impact

Meetings. They suck, don’t they?

They’re unstructured, they’re disruptive, and they often take up so much time you forget where your desk is.

Even worse, managers balk at expensive purchases but don’t blink an eye at calling five people into an hour-long meeting. The truth is, meetings are one of the most expensive things that companies waste time on.

It doesn’t have to be this way, though.

Meeting Mastery: The Leader’s Guide to Meetings with Impact” is a research-based collection of hands-on techniques to help you prepare for efficient meetings, run productive brainstorming sessions, ensure clarity & follow-up, and solve common meeting problems.

“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be meetings.” — Dave Barry

In addition to being a productivity coach, I’m also involved at an executive level in a couple of other businesses: this leads to a significant portion of my time being spent on client meetings, team brainstorming sessions, 1-on-1 updates, and the like.

With so many meetings to attend and only a limited amount of time available to me, having effective strategies & tools to facilitate better meetings is a must — those strategies & tools are exactly what I’ve found in this book.

In fact, after just one session with a client during which I tested some of my newly acquired meeting skills, my client insisted that we run all future meetings the same way.

With this book, you’ll learn how to use meetings to achieve your goals. You’ll become a persuasive meeting facilitator. You’ll walk out of meetings with clear decisions, focused action items, and the confidence that you’ve gotten the most creative and innovative ideas from your team.

If you enjoy this book and would like to improve your Meeting Mastery skills even further with the help of a professional coach, also offers a Meeting Mastery certification course as part of their Leadership Coaching initiative.

Read more, get a free sample, or purchase the book here.

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Originally published at on June 09, 2016.