We've all been in dreary, unnecessary meetings. If you have to have a meeting or conference call, tell everyone at the beginning what you'd like to accomplish by the end of it so everyone stays on track.
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Not only does this clarify your objective for yourself and everyone else, it also clears confusion and gets everyone focused. It can be an opportunity to get people up to speed, who otherwise may have gone through the meeting confused and unable to contribute.
Why Communication Fails and How to Fix It: The Perception Gap [The Huffington Post via 99u]