• The top 10 meeting rules

    Those are my 10 most important rules for a successful meeting:

    For you to legitimately attend a meeting, you have to meet the following criteria:

    * You contribute to the meeting's success.
    You profit from attending the meeting.
    You know goal and issues of the meeting as well as the expectations hold about you.
    You come prepared.

    Give all participants the opportunity to come prepared to your meeting. Inform them of the meeting's goal and agenda and distribute the necessary material at least three days in advance.

    It's essential that every participant has the opportunity to talk. You can facilitate that by delegating tasks whose results have to be presented in the meeting.

    Reserve enough time to prepare well for a meeting. Develop a standpoint or, even better, a solution to every issue named on the agenda.

    Start and end the meeting in time. Define a meeting schedule and a time limit for every topic. If there's not enough time, delegate the topic or schedule a followup.

    Avoid distractions and interruptions. Ask the participants to switch off their mobile phones and Crackberries.

    The issues should be ordered by priority and be dealt with in descending order of significance.

    Avoid dicussions that sidetrack the topic and don't contribute to reaching the session goal.

    Before finishing the meeting, repeat and summarize your decisions. Every participant has to know what he or she has to do afterwards.

    A protocol is mandatory. The shorter and simpler, the better. Many times, a handwritten sheet with the most important decisions, responsibilities and dates is sufficient.

    Addendum: Many Meetings are productivity killers If a meeting isn't urgent, it can be postponed. If it's not even important, cancel it.

  • Don't trust blood elves

    I always knew there was something fishy about those snotty folks.

  • Social brainstorming

    Brainstorming is an old and proven method of getting thought processes running. And now, BrainR, a project by the german information service Ideentower, brings this method to the Web 2.0. Just post a question and see how people make suggestions and tell their thoughts about it.

    I just gave it a try by posting a question about virtual training seminars So please, go over and post your ideas! I'm very curious how that will work.

  • Twitter's got me

    I finally gave in.

    After discovering Twitter, I immediately came to the conclusion that this was the ultimate weapon of mass productivity destruction. Now, there's not only the phone, e-mail and IM that's disturbing focus and concentration, we also get a kind of micro-blog that informs us in realtime about the thoughts and situations of people all around the world. "What a waste of attention", I thought.

    But after seeing how other people cave in because there actually are ways of using Twitter quite creatively and productively, I decided to give it a try, too. There's nothing like too much Web 2.0, is there? ;-)

    So, if you're curious what I think but not deem worth the effort to blog about it, see the litte paragraph on the right of my blog's main page or directly subscribe to my Twitter profile

    In the meanwhile, I will think of some creative ways of Twittering.

  • Questions you always wanted to ask a blogger

    Robert Basic seems to have been quite annoyed by the ever-recurring questions and statements people pose about his blogging habit, so he finally wrote a blog entry (in german), covering the following:

    But you mustn't go blogging this!

    But what about your social contacts?

    Get a Real Life.

    That must consume heaps of time.

    That's too complicated to me.

    Who is supposed to read all this?

    All bloggers do is whine and argue.

    That's all too commercial, bloggers just sell themselves.

    All bloggers are geeks and nerds.

    What do we need that for anyway? There's always email, forums and chats.

    You can't earn money that way.

    That just sucks.

    Why do you blog?

    I sympathize with his answers, but I guess that at least the last question didn't get answered fully...