“If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be ‘meetings.'” So says American humorist Dave Barry, who wrote a classic humor piece on How to Attend a Meeting. It’s an older column, but some things never change.

Here’s what a few other people had to say about business meetings:

“People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.”
Thomas Sowell

“A meeting is an event at which the minutes are kept and the hours are lost.”
James T. Kirk

“Our meetings are held to discuss many problems which would never arise if we held fewer meetings”
Ashleigh Brilliant

Love ’em or hate ’em, meetings are a fact of life in most organizations. Here are 10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings, an amusing feature from The Cooper Review – see an excerpt below.

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