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Will there be donuts?
1 June, 2012 - 10:11
David Pearl takes apart the bane of working life: the business meeting. Cancel your next one and instead watch Robin Block's video essay on the man and the book.
Will There be Donuts is David Pearl's first book, but it has been worth the wait. The observer, commentator and trainer of some of the world's largest corporations has finally put pen to paper to dissect the biggest time-waster of corporate life: the business meeting.
Pearl pours two decades of experience into a richly readable and diverting handbook for anyone who wants to tackle this global affliction.
“I’m actually a fan of meetings. Provided they are done well. Which most aren’t. Really, a meeting is where problems are solved, relationships are built, business is done and future wealth is generated. So the sooner we stop ‘nearly meeting’ and wasting our time, the better. I wrote this book to make not just work, but life in general, a little bit more interesting. It doesn’t matter how large or small your company; nor your position in it. If you’ve had enough of meeting boredom, irrelevance, time-wasting and tedium – I wrote this book for you.”
The book is currently Number 7 in W H Smiths and like its author mixes humour and common sense in a refreshingly honest critique.
Film-maker Robin Block caught up with David Pearl and made a short video essay on the man and his ideas.
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