I hate meetings. They put a spotlight on all my weaknesses and obscure all of my strengths. They require sitting, listening, teamwork and patience. These are skills and qualities that I do not possess. If you are a meeting freak like me, then you might like Seth Godin's Let's Skip the Meeting post.
I love his final suggestion. "Skip at least one meeting every day for the next two weeks. Watch what happens."
This is great advice. You probably don't need to get better at meetings. If meetings are a bad fit, do everything you can to avoid them.
Meetings used to consume most of my time and energy when I was a manager. I probably attended at least two meetings per day and some of them lasted for three hours or more. Now I am a college professor. There is a maximum of one meeting per week and it only lasts an hour. I didn't need to change. I needed to find the right fit.