Chapter 1

How to Determine When a Meeting is Necessary and Productive


When Is a Meeting Necessary?

The word necessary is probably too strong. A meeting is never absolutely necessary. Life would go on and organizations would continue to operate even if meetings were not held. Substitute approaches could be made. The substitute approaches might cost more or be less effective, but they could be used.

The word desirable is a better word.

Consider the different types of meetings, and see whether the meeting or another approach is desirable. In making this decision, consider alternative approaches to accomplish the objectives.

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