The Most Misused Tool in Meetings

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There are plenty of things that can go wrong with meetings, and the litany of complaints about them is long. In my 25 years of attending, observing and facilitating meetings, one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen is groups staying on topic. The problem is a natural one – if you put a group of intelligent, interested people in a room, they are going to have thoughts that aren’t completely in line with the current topic, and when they get voiced they can put the group off task or topic.

Many people have found that a tool called an Issue Bin or a Parking Lot is a good way to manage these new or additional topics, yet they often ignore the ideas altogether - that’s why this is the most misused tool in meetings.

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In case you’ve never been to a meeting where an Issue Bin or a Parking Lot is used, let me explain. Often groups or individuals will get off track – a new topic will come up or an idea will begin to be discusse...(register to read more)

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Avi Kaye September 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

This is an excellent post, and I really liked the analogy to a TiVo. That’s EXACTLY what the Parking Lot it, and you’re right – most people who do use this tool in their meetings tend to forget about stiff they’ve put there.

We’ve written about this on our own blog –
http://meetingking.com/importance-of-parking-lot-for-meetings/
And a feature of MeetingKing is to remind you of ideas and items that you’ve added to your Parking Lot and left there.

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