Meetings

5 Ways to Improve the Beginning & End of your Presentations

Last week the CFO of a mid-market company here in Manhattan invited me to attend his Quarterly Town Hall meeting. He wanted my feedback on how well his team presented. I sat in the back of the room as speaker after speaker loaded text heavy PowerPoint slides onto the screen and then began their presentation with these 8 words: I’m going to talk to you today about…(reveal an agenda slide.) Every presentation sounded like a lecture. By the end of [...]

Leaders! Create unifying rituals this 4th of July

In the spring of 5th grade I overheard my mother talking to her cousin about a distant family member who’d recently passed away. He’d apparently been sick for a very long time. No one in the family could believe he lasted as long as he did. My mother was convinced that he’d “held on until his daughter was able to get the hospital.” I’d never heard of such a thing before. That someone could “hold on” was an enormous concept. [...]

Treat your Meeting like a Classroom

Better Meetings. Better Learning. I recently met a hip young woman who’d left a lucrative job in PR. She’d been a Meeting Planner at a very high-end company coordinating special events; the kinds of events where you-have-to-know-somebody-who-knows-somebody to even get on the waiting list. The kind that end up on Page Six of the New York Post. So I asked: Why on earth would you leave such a cool job? Her answer? I got sick of going to so many [...]

Walk your Talk: The Benefits of The Walking Meeting

When I was a kid the scariest place to be told to go was… the Principal’s office. The nasally voice of our school secretary would blast over the intercom and unaware, someone would be summoned:  “Carol Lempert please report to Mr. Storman’s office. Carol Lempert to Mr. Storman’s office.” Uh oh. Big Trouble. After the announcement, everyone in class would look down at their shoes and breathe a sigh of relief. It wasn’t their name that had been called. The [...]