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Run Your Meetings Like a Boss by Patrick Salo

An Easy Way to Boost Your Meeting Effectiveness

An Easy Way to Boost Your Meeting Effectiveness

No one is perfect, although we can all strive towards perfection through continuous improvement. Managing and running meetings is no different. Whether you're looking at athletic performance or simply improving your golf game, one of the best ways of improving is by reviewing your prior games.

Wit...

23rd Jun 2024 - Patrick Salo
Addressing Persistently Late Arrivals

Addressing Persistently Late Arrivals

You've scheduled your meeting and the time has come for it to start. You're ready to go as are many of the other attendees and yet again, you have some folks who are straggling in later by five sometimes even ten minutes. In this situation it's hard to get your meeting moving and this causes reverb...

16th Jun 2024 - Patrick Salo
Setting Meeting Expectations & Ground Rules

Setting Meeting Expectations & Ground Rules

There a couple of things we haven't discussed that can be particularly helpful especially for longer and more formal meetings such as face-to-faces, meetings with many attendees or meetings that run many hours in length. These two items are expectations and ground rules that are set towards the begi...

9th Jun 2024 - Patrick Salo
What is a Meeting Rathole?

What is a Meeting Rathole?

The agenda topic has been set and there's a limited amount of time to discuss how to make the current project phase come in on time and under budget. Along the way the issue of the support team comes up and their lack of staffing, limited number of test machines and the inability to mirror the custo...

26th May 2024 - Patrick Salo
Using a Bin List to Keep Your Meetings on Track

Using a Bin List to Keep Your Meetings on Track

You've planned ahead and plotted out your agenda items for your meeting, prepared decision makers and have a defined purpose for the meeting. In spite of all of this, things will still come up that aren't on topic, take too much time to address or simply aren't a good fit for the meeting itself.

A...

19th May 2024 - Patrick Salo
Keeping Track of Decisions

Keeping Track of Decisions

We've all been there. A meeting is running short of time, you have a presenter queued up waiting for their turn and there's a quick decision to be made. There's a bit of discussion and the agenda moves on. Later when you're reconstructing what happened for the minutes, you know a decision was indeed...

12th May 2024 - Patrick Salo
Songs from Summit 1.0

Songs from Summit 1.0

This is the blog post that almost never was. It's been bubbling around in my mind for what seems like near half a year now. But to explain it further, I should probably give you some backstory.

I've always been enamored by developers that show their humanity and what makes them tick. I appreciate...

21st Apr 2024 - Patrick Salo