The book is divided into four sections. The first two sections are intended for leading a meeting—the first for situations in which you are the highest-ranking person at the meeting and the second for situations in which you are leading a meeting with people of higher rank.The second two sections are for attending a meeting, either as the highest-ranking person or as a peer participant.
This book covers common situations in meetings and then offers phrases depending on your goals, your status, and the type of meeting. I recommend that you first read all of this book to develop an understanding of the philosophy of scoring points for your career through meetings and then, before attending a meeting, that you skim through the relevant chapters to find the phrases that are right for your meeting. In some situations,the type of meeting makes a difference in the phrases that would be perfect. For that reason, some chapters cover each issue within five contexts:
1. Informational meetings
2. Team-building meetings
3. Problem-solving meetings
4. Request-for-action meetings
5. Task review meetings
Some meetings, such as board meetings or all-day meetings, involve people from throughout the organization. These meetings cover many items, one after another. Some activities will be informational, others will focus on solving problems, and still others will be task reviews. I recommend that you treat each activity as a separate meeting and use perfect phrases appropriate for that type of meeting.
The goal of this book is to prepare you with the perfect
phrases for any meeting, whatever your role and whatever the
type of meeting.