Meetings Matter

Paul Axtell

About The Author

Paul Axtell provides consulting and personal effectiveness training to a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 100 companies and universities to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. A large focus of his work is how to run effective meetings—to turn them from dreaded calendar items into vital, productive sessions with measurable results.

Paul has an engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He has fifteen years of experience in manufacturing, engineering, and management. For the last twenty years, Paul’s focus has been devoted to designing and leading programs that enhance individual and group performance within large organizations.

He is the author of two award-winning books: Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations, acclaimed Best Business Book in four different national book award programs, and Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life, which applies the concepts of his work to the special relationships between parents and children of all ages. Named Best Parenting Book of 2012, it has been translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish.

He has written Being Remarkable, a powerful collection of advice about work and life gleaned from more than 30 years of working with his clients. He has expanded its reach with the Being Remarkable Series, designed to be used by HR departments in developing their employees at all levels of the organization.

8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations

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Are you tired of meetings? Have they become something to dread?

No more. This book revolutionizes the meeting—moving it from that dreaded obligation to the most powerful way to get things done in business and in life.

In Meetings Matter, you’ll see how essential meetings really are, and then you’ll learn to redesign them using the vital foundation of conversation.

With real-life examples and actionable advice, you’ll learn to design meetings for results, lead them to achieve agendas that move projects forward, and even allow time to build the relationships that make working together in a remarkable way possible.

Meetings are at the heart of effective organizations. Each meeting is an opportunity to clarify issues, set direction, sharpen focus, create alignment, and move ambitions forward.

We have to change the way we think about meetings—the way we design and lead them and, most importantly, how we manage what happens between meetings.

Within the eight powerful strategies for fixing meeting problems, you’ll find concrete advice you can put into action immediately—such as limiting participants, being vigilant about what gets on the agenda, designing the conversation for each agenda item, and managing the experience for everyone in the room so people leave feeling heard and appreciated.

Further, you’ll see how meetings can be your primary way to create and maintain your network of relationships.

“We go to meetings. A lot of them,” writes Axtell. “So let’s put creating and building relationships in front of us as one of the desired outcomes. What would you do differently if you looked at each meeting as an opportunity to add to your network?”

Wise and well considered, Meetings Matter is a first-class primer not only on remarkable productivity, but also on inspiring us to use meetings to build better relationships.