Christmas giving, bringing the Amazemeet community together.

Christmas giving

The response to our Christmas Giving campaign has been amazing, so many of you have voted for the cause you support the most.

I had the most amazing thing happen to me today. Totally unexpected but turned out to be one of the best feelings of the day.

Today was the the day I had penned in my calendar to make the donations that we promised to make as our Christmas gift – the one that we asked you to help direct.

I checked our counter and the results were humbling – and close!

Over 900 of you – Amazemeeters – responded to our Christmas Giving email and selected where you would like us to donate our $500 gift. The results were close, in 1st place was Climate Change and tied in 2nd place were Refugees and Children focused causes. In the end we decided to split the donation 250/125/125 so that each of these really important causes got something of our gift.

As I made the donation on each site and received the notifications of gratitude, I felt such a profound sense of contributing to something that otherwise seems so insurmountable. I felt proud that in a small way, we could help make a difference and for that I am incredibly grateful to each one of the Amazemeet users who engaged in this campaign.

There are Amazemeet users all over the world, so it was fitting that we picked some organisations that addressed climate change, refugee and child welfare on a global scale.

For climate change we selected the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) – a truly international partnership of governments and organisations , communities that together have 90% of the world’s remaining rainforests under their management. They have an incredible duty and burden to protect this for all of Earth’s inhabitants.

We donated $250 to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations(CfRN)

To support refugees, we chose the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) – the arm of the UN that is first on the scene when refugee crises happen, deploying vital aid and logistics to help those affected to get through it. In recent years – through conflict, environmental disaster, economic meltdown – they have been stretched to the limits and still they are there.

…and $125 to the United Nations High Refugee Agency (UNCHR)

Finally to help the cause of welfare of children, we selected UNICEF – the United Nations Children’s Fund – a UN agency that operates in 190 nations helping to uphold the rights of children to education, nutrition, health, equality and other incredibly important needs that many in the world take for granted. Unicef does this both at strategic levels with governments and in the field – for example leading childhood immunisation against nasty diseases like cholera, measles and others.

…and $125 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef)

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Meetings can be amazing so why are most not?

meetings can be amazing

When you bring a group of people together the results can be amazing. So why is the feedback we get on meetings universally negative?

Meetings can be amazing but people hate meetings, that’s certainly the feedback we get from the countless companies we’ve worked with over the years. The idea of constant meetings fills most people with dread because they know what will happen. The meeting will amble, no clear conclusions will be drawn, Dave from finance will go off on a tangent!

We’ve lost the ability to have good productive meetings because we simply have too many. Technology has transformed business but in some areas, meetings, it’s actually made it too easy to have them. Like any drug we’ve embraced this full steam and in some cases employees are spending nearly 50% of their working week in meetings. That’s not healthy and it’s certainly not productive.

Why are meetings bad

Some of the common complaints about meetings:

  • They happen too often
  • The conversation gets dominated by a few individuals
  • They lack purpose and goals
  • Outcomes and next steps aren’t well defined
  • An environment where real ideas can flourish is absent

This is just a snapshot there are a lot more reasons why meetings fail. But, happily there are some really simple things we can do to fix it.

OBVIOUS Amazemeet plug!!

The meeting canvas is somewhat of a foolproof way to get to better meetings but the lessons can be adopted regardless. The crux of good meetings is organisation; the right attendees, clear outcomes and objectives, time allotted to discuss specific problems and a meeting facilitator to stick to the plan.

That maybe sounds like a lot for your next meeting so introduce things a step at a time. A really simple, but effective, first step is to say no to meetings. If it’s unclear why or how you will add value to a meeting just don’t go. It’s pretty easy to tell the organiser that you won’t add value as the meeting isn’t relevant to you. It’s a pretty empowering step to take but it might actually encourage others to do the same and then hopefully you’ll cut down on meetings and start having the ones you need.

Whatever the situation know this. Meetings can be amazing, recognising it’s a problem in your corporate culture is the first step to fixing it and taking back control of your working time and having the meetings you need.

Amazemeet can help, try it out it’s 100% free.