I know it’s fun to make fun of people who don’t know how to use a computer. But if you have a facilitator in your meetings who happens to be taking notes in Excel while using a projector, refrain from calling him out on his typos and missed opportunities to use keyboard shortcuts. He probably already knows how to right-click and add a column, and he probably didn’t mean to leave the “r” out of the word “story”. We could either focus on what needs to get done in the meeting or we could criticize his Excel mastery.
Choose the former.
This is not a secret. It’s a well-known fact.
Here’s what a one-hour lunch meeting agenda really looks like:
- Roll call (5 min)
- Set up the food (15 minutes, maybe longer if it’s being delivered)
- Eat (20 min)
- Clean-up (5 minutes)
- Discuss meeting topic (5 minutes)
- Devise alternative arrangement since meeting only lasted 10 minutes (10 minutes)
So the next time you hear this:
“This meeting has to happen today and the only free spot is during lunchtime. Can I just bring lunch in?”
The proper response is this:
“No. Figure something else out.”