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Is Fast Company really clueless about meetings resources?

Heath Row over at the Fast Company blog got me a little hot under the collar with his comments on meetings. It starts out fine, with him talking about his magazine's staff retreat, and he provides a link to a good article on the topic. But then he goes on to say, "While there are some resources available for different off-site activities and the dreaded team-building exercises, there doesn't seem to be a lot of useful material on designing better off-sites."

Hey Heath, we have not just the five Meetings Group magazines, we have all of our competitors, too. And Web sites. And listservs. And even blogs (well, only a couple that I know of). Even Fast Company itself has a meeting professional listserv, though it's been pretty much dead since I joined it.

There's no shortage of information about planning a good off-site company meeting. The problem is that all too many people don't take meeting planning seriously enough to seek them out, or to find a good facilitator or adult education professional or independent meeting planner who could design the meeting for them. Then they have a less-than-productive meeting, and blame meetings themselves as being nothing more than wastes of time.

Sorry, but this makes me crazy. Plus, I happen to like teambuilding events.

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Heath Row over at the Fast Company blog got me a little hot under the collar with his comments on meetings. It starts out fine, with him talking about his magazine's staff retreat, and he provides a link to a good article on the topic. But then he goes on to say, "While there are some resources available for different off-site activities and the dreaded team-building exercises, there doesn't seem to be a lot of useful material on designing better off-sites."

Hey Heath, we have not just the five Meetings Group magazines, we have all of our competitors, too. And Web sites. And listservs. And even blogs (well, only a couple that I know of). Even Fast Company itself has a meeting professional listserv, though it's been pretty much dead since I joined it.

There's no shortage of information about planning a good off-site company meeting. The problem is that all too many people don't take meeting planning seriously enough to seek them out, or to find a good facilitator or adult education professional or independent meeting planner who could design the meeting for them. Then they have a less-than-productive meeting, and blame meetings themselves as being nothing more than wastes of time.

Sorry, but this makes me crazy. Plus, I happen to like teambuilding events.

To comment on this post, click on "comments" below. To receive a weekly blog update, e-mail Sue.

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