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Boring Meetings Suck: Get More Out of Your Meetings, or Get Out of More Meetings Hardcover – April 19, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118004620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118004623
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Meetings, the cornerstones of collaboration,inspiration, and progress, have suffered excruciating humiliation at the hands of corporate America. Gone are good agendas, participation, focus, and follow-up that are the lifeblood of great meetings. Instead, too many meetings drone on like some sort of soul-crushing, walking-dead zombie robbing workplaces of joy, productivity, and time. But there is good news: meetings can be saved . . .by you! Boring Meetings Suck empowers you to take charge of meetings that have become a waste of time and talent. Most books on meetings focus only on the person responsible for planning and hosting the meeting, but Boring Meetings Suck dares to admit what other authors avoid. Only when attendees learn how to diplomatically speak up and get meetings back on track will everyone benefit.

This book offers dozens of SuckificationReduction Devices, or SRDs, to make the next meeting you attend more efficient and effective. Learn which meetings you can skip and how to callout the perpetrators of poor meeting etiquette. But it's not enough to stop others' meetings from sucking; you must make sure your meeting doesn't suck. Learn how to become a better speaker by making eye contact, working the stage, and varying the speed of your speech. Get the essential elements for planning large meetings or conferences, and get new techniques that will help you run "get in, get it done, and get out" meetings. With Boring Meetings Suck, you'll learn:

  • How to graciously excuse yourself from ameeting without losing your job

  • The right ways to use PowerPoint (andother technologies) Three polite ways to motivate people towrap up

  • Why you should turn your phone on inall meetings

  • Tips to make your presentation powerful and not pointless

  • How to be a meeting hero, and get people to show up on time, participate, and return to their desks happy and with extra time intheir pockets

When done right, meetings can rock. They can be vehicles for innovation, motivation, and decision-making. They can spark revolutions. They can save the world! All you have to do is not let themsuck, and this book shows you how.

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Praise for Boring Meetings Suck

"Irreverent for certain (consider the title), but Jon has created an encyclopedia-like compendium of great ideas to make meetings more efficient and effective. Who cannot use more time and less ineffective meetings?"
Larry Hilsheimer, President and Chief Operating Officer, Nationwide Direct & Customer Solutions

"This quick reference, easy read provides some great tips and guidelines to drive effective meetings."
Craig O. Morrison, Chairman and CEO, Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC

"Finally, a book that addresses the IMPACT a meeting can have on its attendees and how that can affect the bottom line, rather than how the bottom line affects the attendees!"
Chris Curry, President and CEO, Destinations by Design LLC

"Jon Petz is the global authority on audience engagement because he's spentfifteen years traveling the globe, engaging audiences. His book is the perfect resource for any organization that wants to reach the people who matter most, or for someone who simply wants to suck less"
Scott Ginsberg, The Nametag Guy, author of The Approachable Leader

"If everyone would adopt the ideas for better meetings contained in this book, many businesses would be more productive. Bad meetings waste a lot of time and most business managers have never had any training on how to conduct an efficient meeting"
Randy Wilcox, founder, SARCOM, Inc.

"Your first step to participate in the movement to eliminate boring meetings is to read this book and implement its ideas."
Jim Canterucci, author of Personal Brilliance

More About the Author

It had to be said, and finally, someone was willing to say it. Boring Meetings Suck author, Jon Petz, is a former corporate executive who was sick and tired of that helpless feeling of hours turned into days, days into months of lost productivity and anguish due to back-to-back meetings that resulted in meaningless impact. That anguish turned to a positive when Jon created an effective meeting workshop that he provided internally at his employer, but was soon asked to speak and train organizations of all types throughout the country.

Jon has experienced much success with his "take no prisoners" approach to effective meetings. The approach brought a breath of fresh (and engaging) air to everyday office meetings. With new styles of meetings that can soar instead of bore, self-titled "speed meetings," and his "Suckification Reduction Devices" (SRD's) that can be applied quickly and easily to any meeting environment, the "Bore No More!" movement has been implemented across large and small organizations with great success and gratefulness.

Jon's clients now include world leading organizations such as: IBM, Cardinal Health, Accenture, Deloitte, AT&T, Marriott, US Air Force, JP Morgan Chase, ABC, Honda, FOX, Goodyear, and Nationwide Insurance.

In addition, Jon is a professional entertainer (comedy magician) who has performed throughout the world and has engaged audiences of 25 people to more than 25,000 people. Whatever the language or audience type, Jon is an engagement expert who mastered the ability to relate to his audience and capture them through the emotion and content of his presentation.

Combine Jon's two skill sets and you have a highly entertaining keynote speaker who doesn't hold back true, impactful content that relates to his audience.

As the chief engagement officer of "Bore No More!", Jon is a motivational keynote speaker, professional master of ceremonies, and still lives his dream as a corporate comedy magician. He offers direct training, or "train-the-trainer" opportunities to organizations who want to see an immediate return in investment on use of meeting time, and has raving fans because of it.

Jon is also a selected author for the Best of the Best compilation, as well as the producer and author of Unlocking The Secrets (DVD), which teaches the use of sleight of hand magic in a professional setting to create showtime moments that break the ice.

Jon Petz is available directly for personal appearances, organizational development and training.

To learn more about Jon as a keynote speaker, master of ceremony or corporate magician, visit

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If you plan, lead, or even just attend a meeting, this book is for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Buckeye Bob on April 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Talk all you want about competiting with foreign companies, the impact of the health care bill or how wall street gets away with murder, the real corporate robber of productivity is the meeting. Petz hits it out of the park! Reading this book reminded me of the dozens and dozens of bad meetings I wanted to forget. It should be "a must" read for anyone who really cares about getting more done in less time. While it is a good read from beginning to end, I plan to use the book as a reference guide as I call or am called to a meeting. Lots and lots of good stuff. It is already on the shelf next to my desk with the other guides I use on a continuing basis. I only hope Petz tackles the next drain on American business... sucky presentations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tad on June 6, 2011
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This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who runs or attends meetings. It is relevant, full of great ideas, and fun! I can't believe how many of the author's examples come up in our meetings everyday. I think I've just grown to accept the fact that I will lose time attending these meetings. Now, thanks to the author's suggestions, I see that there are things that I can do to minimize that lost time.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Michener VINE VOICE on February 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have NOT read the book yet. But because Amazon hasn't quite mastered the fine art of providing relevent rating choices beyond the primitive 1-to-5 Star approach, I'll give it a three, just to be fair.

I'm torn. I want a HOW TO book for effective meetings; I like humor (FUN is in deeply embedded in the culture of my company); we have LOTS of meetings; and I like clowns, except after dark. [See Maxim's review and the author's response to it.]


1. The majority of the 5-Star reviews for this book are from April 2011...

2. ... most within days of one another...

3. ... mostly from folks who've reviewed ONLY this book...

4. ... which often means one thing: they're the author's brothers, sisters, in-laws, co-workers, employees of the publisher...

[Note to Authors: If you're going to have your soldiers go out and recruit for you, at least spread 'em around the calendar a bit. Unless you're CERTAIN your book is going to get HUNDREDS of reviews beyond your loyals.]


A. Maybe the first edition arrived on Amazon's shores in April 2011...

B. ... and the 5-Star reviewers are folks who bought it on-the-spot because we ALL know that most meetings suck...

C. ... AND it was SO good they were each compelled to write their first product review ever...

D. ... and it's the ONLY thing they've ever purchased from Amazon, hence their ONLY product review since...

E. ... which is ENTIRELY possible because we ALL know that most meetings SUCK. (Did I say that already? Sorry.)

So, you see why I'm TORN. Do I give it a shot? Or, do I pick one of the other How To's?

Can someone knock me off the fence here?

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vaurin on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is full of great ideas to increase employee engagement at meetings.The author draws upon his considerable experience in both the corporate environment and motivational speaking to create a read that is enjoyable and filled with useful, real-world application. This book is perfect for anyone in the workplace who has ever had to plan or lead a meeting, or even just had to sit in one! Recommended addition for corporate libraries.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By luckydice6 on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am an editor, and I worked with Jon on some materials to accompany this book. I can honestly say I had a blast! Most of what I work on is dry and boring--just like those meetings we all want to avoid! However, Jon's book is a fun, easy read that will really rev you up for the next meeting. You'll never be bored again with all of the ideas here.

I only wish I had read this book back in the days when I sat through boring meeting after boring meeting at the advertising agency where I worked. ;o)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As most of us know, business meetings of any kind are generally boring, mundane and virtually unnecessary. In motivational keynote speaker Jon Petz's book "Boring Meetings Suck," there are easy ways to reverse those attitudes by his "get it, get it done and get out" application mantra.

This two hundred and twenty page hard cover book has red and black doodles of scribbled titled words on lined paper on the front jacket with six reviews on the back and book descriptions in the inserts including an author biography. In addition to contents and forward pages, there are acknowledgments, about the author and index pages. There were no noticeable grammatical or typographical errors.

In his book, Petz drives the point home that too much time and effort is wasted in company meetings, conference calls, webinars and even group brain-storming. He blames it not only on the person running the meeting but also the attendants. He cajoles, mocks and begs for all participants to realize the utter waste in these unproductive meetings and to either stop doing them or make them more interesting. He provides simple answers to making them exciting, purposeful and entertaining.

He touts that cell phones should be turned on, games played to promote participation for individual and group interactions, white boards used and everyone be on the clock for starting and ending the meetings. He comes up with innovative ways for not only the facilitator but the attendee to accept their responsibilities in every meeting they attend.

Gone are the days of overdone PowerPoint with read aloud, following the words productions or cutesy animated artwork.
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