Meetings Bloody Meetings 2012 (Communication)

How to make meetings more productive


This new version of Video Arts most popular programme will show you how to run more effective meetings. In a nightmarish court a cynical manager is found guilty of failure to prepare himself; failure to plan the agenda; failure to control the discussion and failure to record the decisions.
The judge (John Cleese) demonstrates how the rules for running a face-to-face or virtual meeting parallel those of a court, and shows the chaos that would ensue if he ran his court in the same way as our hapless manager (Will Smith of The Thick of It fame) runs his meetings.


Trainer Tools

  • Meetings Bloody Meetings slides
  • Meetings_Leaders_Guide DS aug 2013.pdf


I've got to go to a meeting” It's a phrase that makes most people's hearts sink. It echoes with boredom, frustration and a general waste of valuable time. And yet, we all know you can't manage without meetings. A team isn't a team unless we all get together to discuss problems, share ideas and come to decisions. And whilst they continue to take place 'face to face' we are increasingly using technology to meet with colleagues online as 'virtual teams'. Good meetings send everyone off with a sense of purpose and a feeling they've got somewhere. Bad meetings leave them demotivated, irritated and alienated. You see if you think about it, a meeting is often the only time the whole team comes together, and with virtual teams, working from different locations, different time zones or different countries, it's often the only place where the leader is seen as a leader rather than 'the official' individuals report to. If they feel their time has been wasted, they lose respect not just for the leader but also for the wider organisation that put that leader in place. And now for the really depressing part: People who run meetings badly don't improve with experience. Even worse, people who attend their meetings pick up their bad habits. Many of them genuinely don't realize they are making a mess of it. They aren't even aware that running meetings is a teachable, learnable skill. But of course, it's not a gift, it's a technique; in fact, a technique with five key elements. These five elements supply the framework of the Video Arts programme 'Meetings, Bloody Meetings'. It's the most popular programme we've ever made and one of the most widely used training videos of all time. Now that means the quite a lot of people do realize that running meetings is the central management skill and that it has to be learnt. And the fact that you're about to watch it, suggests that you share that realisation.