Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Boring Meetings Suck: Get More out of Your Meetings, or Get out of More Meetings

Academic journal article Journal of Library Innovation

Boring Meetings Suck: Get More out of Your Meetings, or Get out of More Meetings

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Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings Jon Petz. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011. 223 pp. ISBN: 978-1-11800-462-3. $22.95.

Meetings are supposed to be a time of collaboration and productivity, right? However, many professionals, including librarians, have a meeting (or meetings!) on their calen-dars that they are dreading because leading a meeting can be exhausting or because attending a meeting can be a waste of time.

Libraries are not excluded from the epidemic of endless, unproductive meetings. The truth is, many professionals have never taken a Meetings 101 class and are not trained to lead or to even attend meetings productively. That being said, there are many busi-ness textbooks on the market about how to have a productive meeting. Boring Meet-ings Suck by Jon Petz is unlike those stuffy business textbooks, instead offering a fresh and innovative look into improvements everyone can make when leading or attending a meeting.

Petz offers dozens of "Suckification Reduction Devices" (SRDs) to make the next meet-ing anyone attends more organized and valuable. The book is organized in agenda items (chapters) so anyone can pick up the book and look for a problem area. There is even insight into which meetings one actually needs to attend. Readers will also learn how to improve meeting presentations, including using technology effectively (i. …

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