Why do people hate meetings?

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That's the question posed recently on the LinkedIn Answers: Conference and Event Planning Group. It's a good question, and one that deserves more thought than it usually gets. So far, the problems people are pinpointing include:

A lack of purpose or goal

No real structure

No agenda

Uncomfortable physical space/inappropriate space

Lack of control of attendees (not listening, babbling, one person taking over, etc.)

Lack of buy-in/participation from senior execs

When they don't actually accomplish anything (which is my biggest gripe)

What do you think? More to the point is how to make them better?

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