Go down the list of what you don’t like about meetings– no agenda (or, worse, a rigid agenda), no assigned action items, late attendees, and more. Here’s a way to help anyone who manages meetings manage them a little better.
There’s An App For That
Meetings should be an avenue for discussion, problem solving, and inspiration. All too often meetings are full of mixed emotions– we love to hate meetings.
Is there a better way? Yes. And no. The Meetings app for your Mac is a good tool to help you prepare for meetings, assign and manage action items, setup agenda items, even setup reminders.
Meetings works a bit like Calendar on a Mac. The calendar view gives visual clues to upcoming meetings.
There’s no toolbar to learn. Meetings left sidebar displays the dashboard, input options, and active topics.
Click on a meeting to reveal attendees, time, date, location, and agenda items, as well as meeting minutes.
I particularly appreciate the action items where specific assignments can be made and tracked.
That’s about it.
Meetings tracks meeting details, sets agenda items, lists attendees, handles meeting minutes, assigns action items, and issue reminders.
At this point in the development there’s no integration into Calendar, and there’s no mobile version (yet) for iPhone or iPad.
And, unfortunately, Meetings is probably more attractive and useful for an employee who manages a meeting than the executive who calls the meeting.
Admittedly, I like the idea of tracking meeting attendees, particularly when they arrive to a meeting, and what they contribute. Every business meeting should have the standard information collected in Meetings.
Maybe one day meetings will be more enjoyable, fruitful, and worthy of the time we devote.