‘Meetings need much clearer objectives’, Mike van der Vijver

The art of meeting design has been neglected for too long, argues Mike van der Vijver, co-founder of and co-author of Into the Heart of Meetings: Basic Principles of Meeting Design, but it will be crucial in proving the value of face-to-face meetings in a post-pandemic world. Here he explains how ‘default behaviour’ has shaped meeting formats (4:08), why measurable objectives are crucial (5:53), the enduring myth of ‘classroom teaching’ as a learning tool (6:35), the power of the shared experience (10:05), how the pandemic might help meetings come of age (12:56), and why he believes there is a biological imperative for humans to meet in person (18:30).

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