While meetings may be the bane of corporate existence, they are a staple of business life and a prime arena for communication. How they are structured and led in global settings can determine their effectiveness. The first step in planning any meeting is to determine its purpose, as that will become the foundation upon which you build. Why a meeting is called differs according to both national and corporate culture. In some places it would be a regular, expected way for a team to share information and solve problems. In other organizations and locations it would be seen as a corporate command performance where communication would be one-way and top-down. In other cases calling a meeting might signal a crisis ...

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