The only thing worse than sitting through a bad meeting is knowing WHY it’s so bad.
I have to recount a recent experience that I assume most of the Forum readers would understand and have encountered. My CIO recently asked that I and several of our peers attend training. The day-long seminar could only be described as painful. I would have sworn that the speaker had listened to the Manager Tools podcasts on Effective Meetings and Running Large Meetings and then decided to do the exact opposite of every one of Mark’s 437½ points! Started late, no greeting, no introduction, no agenda, etc. … and more slides were projected on the instructor’s chest than on the screen (I truly wondered if he forgot he was projecting slides)! It's pretty bad when you start anticipating what the instructor is going to do wrong next, because you know from Mark and Mike what the right thing to do would be.
I honestly prepared to introduce him to the Manager Tools podcasts after the training, but his presentation was so poor all my colleagues could think about was leaving the building as soon as the class was over, and since he never introduced himself I have no way of knowing who he was.