America has become a nation “stuck in a meeting.” Between corporate boardrooms, all hands meetings, and conference calls, few of us can claim our time is meeting-free. Even fewer can claim every “mandatory session” was worth it. But Paul Axtell – a consultant with more than 30 years of experience in personal and professional organization – says meetings themselves aren’t the problem. In his new book, he defends the importance of meetings, explains how they’ve gone horribly wrong, and offers eight ways to fix our meeting problems so they stop wasting time, and instead build and boost valuable relationships.
Paul Axtell has over 35 years of experience as a personal effectiveness consultant and corporate trainer. He has spent the last 15 years designing and leading programs that enhance individual and group performance within large organizations. He has a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies and universities to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. He is the author of the award-winning book Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids: Creating the Relationship You Want with the Most Important People in Your Life, which applies the concepts of his work to the relationship between parents and children. Thus far, it has been translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish. Paul has an engineering degree from South Dakota School of Mines and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Paul lives with his wife, Cindy, in Minneapolis.