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Duration too long, participants too numerous or inadequately chosen, a sleepy ambiance: we sometimes have the feeling, throughout the years, that meetings have become the evil of this century. Some people even recommend to permanently remove them. Nobody wants to (re)live a three hours afternoon meeting, leading to nothing but a solid decision…that the decision will have to be taken during the next meeting…However, meetings do still show merits.

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How many of us are victims to the desire of look at urgent rings and alerts on our devices during a meeting? Or answering text messages or emails while our colleague is presenting a topic? To stare at our screen or to type away on our keyboard, before realizing we missed something and asking without guilt “Sorry, I think I missed a point. Could you just repeat what you just said?”. Do these situations seem familiar to you? It’s normal. The digital world has constantly cluttered our attention with many distractions offered by our various device, to which we answer immediately as if we had to quiet a fussy baby.

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