This blog by Cindy Carroll
Meetings. What do they really accomplish? In the workplace they are one of my least favourite things. They take time away from my daily tasks that usually have a tight timeframe already. And with the new Agile method of testing we’re doing we have more meetings than ever. Well, it’s new to us but Agile isn’t new in the software development world. Which is another thing. We aren’t testing software in my department we’re testing the mainframe. But they say the Agile method will still work. We’ll see. So far I feel like I’m in meetings all the time with little time left over to actually do any testing. Add to that the team meetings, the town halls, the one on one meetings and when do we actually have time to work?
Even though I’ve never liked meetings as part of my day job I LOVE them outside of work. Writing meetings are my favourite of course. I will rarely pass up the opportunity to get together with other writers to talk shop. Oddly enough I don’t feel that those meetings take away from my writing time. It’s still all writing related. We talk about our stories, get help with plot problems, provide encouragement to each other, talk about craft. I often come away from those meetings eager to get to the writing, my head swimming with ideas. And every time I go to a writing meeting I have a length of time in mind that I’ll stay and I almost always end up staying longer. I could talk about writing for days except that doesn’t actually get the writing done.
Meeting new people also a good kind of meeting. New friends, new colleagues, new networking contacts. I’ve even joined a few groups in my area to help me get out more to meet new people. Having no girlfriends where I live, I still feel like I’m new to the area so I’m always eager to get out to events that will allow me to meet new people. And because of the groups I belong to I occasionally have the chance meeting of people I know now in my new city. Those meetings tell me this is home.
There are other kinds of meetings of course but I have to sign off and get some work done before my day job afternoon meeting. 🙂
What kind of meetings are in your life right now? Are they fun or work related?
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