By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–For many people, the low-light of their work day is a dull, droning business meeting. If you agree, you’re part of a massive waste of money and potential says a business consultant who has a plan to change that.
The title of David Pearl’s book, Will There Be Donuts? (Better Business One Meeting at a Time), came from a muttered remark at a meeting with his publisher but he realized it epitomized many people’s dread of such time-suckers.
His website www.willtherebedonuts.com has a calculator that estimates how much time and money your firm wastes this way.
“The real reason for a meeting is often lost in the formality of business. You know, something appears in your diary, Outlook says you should be there and you go, but people are not asking ourselves, why are we here, and also, why is this truly valuable?”
Pearl says, too often, meetings occur in tired old ways that resist easy rebooting, so he hopes his book is a lubricant of change.
“Buy it for that person that’s ruining your meetings.”
Pearl says bad meeting habits exist in all forms, in-person and also remotely through technology.