On defense of (some) meetings

I don’t like meetings. I do like meetings. I get bored in Zoom, I light up and have the best moment of my day in Google Meet. Context matters. When I say that I don’t like meetings, there’s a certain type of meeting I don’t like. 

When I see some espouse the virtues of meetings, it’s sometimes for different reasons than I personally appreciate. I don’t want meetings to project my thoughts on others. On my best days a great meeting is taking the chance to connect with someone else, to learn from them, to share something exciting that hopefully lights them up, and to use that time to make each person’s day a little better. 

Meetings are often most valuable when used with care, to connect, to share, to inspire.