The never-ending “update” meeting has become the scourge of the modern reality. In a time where we are constantly notified, informed, educated and advised about the minutia of the daily routine of our family, coworkers and distant acquaintances, the once all-important get-together to put all of the players on the same page is becoming less enlightenment and more exasperation. So how do we keep our weekly routines from being administered by the Redundancy Dept. of Redundancy?
Isn’t the key with keeping our routine meetings dynamic, as with many things, driven by preparation? Show up ready to do business. Work to bring greater depth to reports already shared and avoid simply restating what we’ve already expressed. Don’t we owe it to our fellow meeting-mates to keep the sessions lively? After a big pasta lunch and in a warm room darkened by a planned lengthy overhead presentation, even the most attentive listener can drift into naptime. We bob our heads. The almost uncontrollable need to doze reminds me of long family car trips as a kid. I’d get in the backseat – blanket in hand – ready to spend the time reading a good book or listening to Mom and Dad up front. But in moments, my eyes would lose focus and my mind would wonder. It was auto-induced narcolepsy, carpolepsy, I suppose.
Perhaps waning attentions are a natural part of the modern meeting regimen. But, don’t we have an obligation to try to keep things moving? Please make it worthwhile, or let us get some shut-eye.