Changing the meaning of Meeting

It's easy to understand the word Meeting and a suitable definition for it might be the act or process of coming together - an assembly or gathering of people for a business, social, or religious purpose.

Good or bad, meetings are essential to productivity. They keep people focused and motivated to complete a task and generate valuable ideas. Many people would argue that we have too many, they take too long and are often badly run even though they are an inescapable part of business life.

But, is the definition subtly changing as meetings no longer require people to physically gather together?

I have no idea how many meetings I went to last year, but a growing number of them were held over the telephone, in the office and on my mobile or over the web with or without video.

The range of collaboration solutions that enable people to work together is undoubtedly changing the perception of the word Meeting. In some cases organisations, having invested in a collaboration platform, are using it to set corporate policy around meeting logistics to improve the quality of communication whilst saving costs.

I recently met with the Michelin Group European Chief Information Officer Jean-Paul Bouchon, who explained the value of the company's global audio and web conferencing platform to manage 10,000 meetings a month between employees, partners, and customers based around the world.

"Conferencing solutions enable Michelin to make remote meetings more productive and efficient. By reducing the time our employees spend travelling we can support their individual performance and promote more frequent and productive collaboration around projects. These virtual meetings also share best practice and foster creativity and responsiveness," he explained.

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