The big “Bang!” Theory to Ceremonious Business Meetings: Where the End Means the Beginning of Greater Things
Talking to a colleague from a completely different field, I noticed how challenging it is to set up and follow up for an efficient meeting. Researching the topic, you can find many articles that address the various obvious steps to meeting planning, such as setting an agenda, having key stakeholders invited, putting together a constructive environment and sharing clear outcomes.
Do semantics have anything to do with this? should have been the actual title of this post... Fishy? Keep reading, you will understand what I mean. This adventure all started with one simple question: Why do so many disagreements stem from the interpretation of words?
The majority of software development companies, gaming companies and tech companies have now adopted the open space concept. Communication & PR agencies, journalism, engineering also have moved to open concept. Is there an obvious message here? What do you think? Does the best innovation happen behind closed doors or does it happen as a collective?
...As I shuffled and turned for hours, huddled with this dedicated group of selfless and generous individuals, I tried and failed to protect my body against the harshness of cold, hard concrete. My brain kept waking me up, as if to check my surroundings and identify the inevitable street noises, wondering if any kind of danger was imminent...
I remember the first training session I hosted. I was so focused on being serious and perfectly professional in front of an impressive group of university professors that I forgot to breathe (I’m sure if pictures were taken that day, my skin would reflect a lovely hue of blue). I wasn’t nervous about teaching the content or intimidated (maybe a little) by the participants, no, I was stressed because my focus was on suppressing my personality.