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10. Agenda Detection

The first step in getting out of a meeting is understanding why it exists

Michael Lopp

(1)Los Gatos, California, USA

I hate meetings.

Everyone hates them because we’ve all been to so many that have sucked unequivocally that we now walk into a conference room, sit down with our arms folded, and think, “OK, how long until this one is officially a waste of my time? How long until this one sucks?” And then it does. Time is wasted. Hot air is generated and everyone sits around the table wondering when someone is going to stop the madness.

If you’ve ever been frustrated in a meeting—if you’ve sat there wondering why in the world these people, these managers, ...

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