I love this classic scene from The Office where the office staff are called into a compulsory meeting to hear the latest blah, blah, blah..
Nobody is paying attention to what is being said. Everybody is so disaffected and bored by these meetings that they gamify them by intently watching the DVD screen saver, all the while anticipating it's perfect landing in one of the corners.
As meeting facilitators, the obligation and challenge is on us to create meetings that are purposeful, well-directed and worthy of the engagement and attention of the attendees.
For further suggestions on effectively scheduling meetings, consider Meyer's Rules of Order
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