With the expense of travel today it is not uncommon to have
meetings on Skype, an online conferencing service,
GoToMeeting,
or a traditional telephone service. It seems to go something like this:
some of the participants log in and then they wait for more parties to
be added. Usually there is some banter or ice breaking until it is
perceived everyone that attends has arrived. Then they have a lively
discussion with great exchange of ideas and information. An hour
later everyone hangs up or signs off. Days pass and nothing else
happens.

This is what Max refers to as a “Conference Slaw”. The term refers
to a multi-party real time communication event involving several
people but during the call there are no solid outcomes that are
enacted upon.

How many times have you witnessed people gathered in multiple
locations huddled around a black telecommunication box to discuss
a problem to be solved or decision to be made? Sure they have
good intentions but without effective meeting strategies participants
will end the call without solid outcomes.

It is important to take conference slaw off your menu of meeting
formats. Skype is experiencing double digit growth and is often
featured on television shows. For business and pleasure, Skype has
revolutionized conferencing and increases the possibility of you
serving up some conference slaw.

Prevent “Conference Slaw” by having a clear agenda, a moderator
to monitor the conversation against the agenda, and someone to
ensure the decision to be made or problem to be solved is clearly
understood – and that all conversation is focused on the
solution/decision.

Use this term for developing skills in these areas:
Bizerm™
"Conference slaw"
A Bizerm™ is a new business term combining two
descriptive words into a single word or phrase whose
definition is often only known by those using it. To
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