David Grady is an information security manager who believes that strong communication skills are a necessity in today’s global economy. He is known for a video online about ineffective conference calls
David talks about meetings, especially large meetings with no agenda, and no clear reason why each person is there. He blames “Meeting Acceptance Syndrome” or MAS – the urge to instinctively accept a meeting invite that is sent to you. Meetings are important, but accepting mindlessly costs your most important resource: time.
He showed excerpts from his Youtube video (linked above).
People feel powerless to resist these meetings. David suggests “¡No Mas!” that instead of always accepting: if you don’t know why you were invited or what the meeting is about, you should instead reply ‘Tentative”. You can the call the organiser and offer your assistance, but get more details about how you can help. By doing this, people will hopefully start to think more before sending out an invitation – publishing an agenda or rethinking why they need to set up a meeting at all.
Short and to the point, David is an entertaining speaker. His point is important, but not much to it. Worth a quick look, or for subtly forwarding around at work. You know who you are 🙂