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Everybody hates meetings. And why shouldn't they? Most meetings are poorly led, counterproductive, and time-wasting. Based on decades of practice and research, best-selling authors Weisbord and Janoff have come to the conclusion that most people lead meetings incorrectly. They, instead, propose 10 contrarian principles that actually get things done.

©2007 Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (P)2012 Berrett-Koehler Publishers

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Sound theory yet highly practical

It is uncommon to find a book with sound, relevant, theory base, along side concrete practices to try out as you progress through the book.
This book provides both, in an increasing scale of maturity. Take this book to practice, and your meetings will change forever.
The narration was disappointing. The few parts that were story-like were excellent. But for most of the book the narration was robot-like. Also, the transition between chapters was too quick for me. My uneducated guess is that Ms. Patrick is a great story narrator, with modest experience in reference books at the time of this recording. But I may be just projecting on to her something in me (and do read/listen to the book to get this last pun).

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Practucal guide, deep experience

Making the most of meetings, and the people in through practical tips for meetings, workshops, conference

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  • Jim
  • 04-27-13

Marv minimises meeting misery

Bought this because I organise and facilitate meetings for a living and also because I'm currently studying for an MSc in Organisational Development. It's an absolutely excellent listen; Weisbord and Janoff have a lovely writing style - dry and direct; and in this book they distill two lifetimes' work in the field of getting groups to reach decisions and make them stick. They offer a simple theoretical approach to what needs to be controlled and what you should stop worrying about and bring their ideas to life with stories of professional successes and things they screwed up and subsequently used as learning opportunities - a real mark of honesty and confidence. Some sort of pdf summary would have been useful to assist in summarising the key points but it would be churlish to give this anything but five stars