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Stop: 'going to meetings'

A quest for understanding

Season 1, Ep. 5

“Seek first to understand and then aim to be understood” Stephen Covey


The content or subject matter in a meeting, such as data, facts, information and insights is the equivalent of sharing ‘knowledge currency’.  


In this podcast chat with Helen Chapman and Amy Webb, we observe how we often fall short of reaching the true value potential of information exchange. Even the sexiest PowerPoint deck can fall flat. The conversation covers how sharing a deck is usually a one-way process of presenter to listener. PowerPoint is a great and trusted friend, but has its place and is limited when it comes to true knowledge sharing and understanding, even if it is accompanied by a Q&A.

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