What is the space required for a meeting?

Why do people stay for a meeting in a room too small?

My communication question of the day, how is it that you go to a meeting in a room that is obviously way to small – and you stay. Perched perhaps on a cabinet or sitting on the floor, to be engaged and invovled in this, over crowded meeting.

While next door an equally important meeting is going on, in a room that is way to large with people leaving.

Does the size of the room impact the importance of a meeting?

I used to work in a product group of a company. VP’s always got the big rooms for their meetings. Even if it was a tiny meeting about a tool that impacted only one group, every meeting was full. Everyone had to tout their importance and show the VP how much they knew.

In the end nothing much was accomplished. In reality this was because people spent their time jockeying for position with the Vp, but I digress.

Does the size of the room impact the attendance of a meeting? Or is it more the quality of the person running the meeting and not the room at all?

My vote is that in fact it is the quality of the person running the meeting is the most important thing. But, the reality of the world is that the value of the person running the meeting may be high to the meeting, but low to the organization so they end up with the smaller room.

Communication, space and the other components of meetings determine the success of our work day and the success of our work lives.

So, as I’ve talked about all week. The most important part of leadership is listening. Great leaders listen first. They don’t homage to the concept of listening they actually listen. They report to you what you’ve said in their words.

The small room doesn’t impact the size of the meeting. The listening ability of the meeting organizer is what drives attendance.

Toodles – it’s the weekend!

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