Myrna Associates' Book Focuses on 'Ending Meeting Madness,' a Required Business Skills To Get Team to Commitment and Action

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Are "mad" meetings a big problem in business? According to statistics, there are 11 million meetings attended by professionals in the U.S. every day. Recent studies show that at least 50% of the time spent in those meetings is wasted. This new book tells business owners, consultants and anyone else responsible for running meetings how to do so effectively, including knowing when to hire outside facilitators if the stakes are extremely high.

An End to Meeting Madness.

Experts at Myrna Associates, internationally known facilitators who help companies get from strategic plans to action quickly, (http://www.myrna.com) have just released their latest book, "An End to Meeting Madness." This guide on how to create meetings that solve problems, set direction and start getting results is the culmination of ideas and tactics that Myrna Associates has researched, tested and proven during more than 10,000 hours of field work with hundreds of companies.

Using the theme of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," where a young girl falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in several meetings that exasperate her, the authors state that most business meetings feel like Alice's encounters -- pointless and non-productive. Nothing quite makes sense. Conversations go in circles, and individuals often leave befuddled and without direction.

Maria C. Birkhead, (myrna.com/m_Maria_Birkhead.htm), senior facilitator at Myrna Associates who co-authored the book with John Myrna, head of the company, said, "Our research proves that a well-facilitated meeting enhances teamwork, improves results, and reduces everyone's stress. Poorly facilitated meetings, on the other hand, often damage teamwork and breed cynicism."

Co-author John Myrna (myrna.com/aboutmyrna.htm) added, "Business owners, consultants and anyone else responsible for improving productivity can benefit from understanding how to run effective meetings, including knowing when to hire outside facilitators if the stakes are extremely high."

Are "mad" meetings a big problem in business? According to statistics, there are 11 million meetings attended by professionals in the U.S. every day. Recent studies show that at least 50% of the time spent in those meetings is wasted.

Readers of "An End to Meeting Madness" will learn the essential skills for planning and launching effective meetings, including how to figure out and communicate the meeting's purpose, how to create an agenda that's simple yet comprehensive and how to plan the physical space so that attendees "don't space out." "While many of these pointers are common sense, it's astounding how often they are overlooked," commented Birkhead.

The book also describes in detail the more complex strategies for meeting facilitators, including how to:

  • Assure participants arrive prepared.
  • Foster an atmosphere of mutual respect.
  • Ask engaging questions
  • Capture and organize input
  • Manage difficult behaviors.
  • Reach sustainable decisions.
  • Help groups get into action.

For more information on Myrna Associates, visit http://www.myrna.com
Media contact: Patricia Coate, 503-336-4151

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