City council meetings: Let's vote – pencil or tablet?

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 02 March, 2017

Today, mobile technology is a truly integral part of our world. The number of devices may not be growing as explosively as it used to, but nevertheless, a recent study in The Netherlands puts tablet ownership at 67% of the population, with smartphone ownership even higher, at no less than 83%. Obviously, so many people owning, carrying and using mobile devices is driving change and introducing new, interesting options at many levels of our society, including decision-making processes in local government.

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Help! There's a dinosaur in my meeting!

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 22 February, 2017

Most meetings generally start off more or less disciplined. But... once the discussion gets going, it can bring out the animals in us. And although mankind has been evolving for many a year, our colleagues' true nature is often unleashed in the heat of the moment. And that can be pretty tricky. An earlier blog already discussed King Kong; the colleague who presents his monologue from the ape rock and who won't take no for an answer. If you recognise this type, you'll know how to cope with this colleague. The same applies to the following meeting types.

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Valentine's Day: we love to hate... meetings

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 14 February, 2017

14 February, the day of love. Can you not wait to see what your (secret) love has in store for you? Or do you hate the commercial cloud hanging above the day and therefore consciously shun all romantic thoughts? Valentine's Day: you love it or you hate it. Generally speaking, the same cannot be said for meetings. At least, I cannot recall anyone who actually loves meetings. Do you? And sometimes we simply enjoy the chance to have a moan. We love to hate! Don't we? But... How can we find a way to start loving meetings again?

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Meetings are an expensive hobby. Here are three tips to save money.

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 09 February, 2017

Sailing, motorcycling, travelling and horseback riding are among some of the most expensive hobbies around, but meetings are another one. Having said that, they are not exactly everyone’s favourite pastime; yet we still do a lot of it – roughly 300 hours a year (per employee!). In fact, over a year, the Dutch spend 60 billion euros on meetings. But they can be handled smarter and less expensively. If you want to keep more time and money back for more pleasant activities – or your real hobby – try some of the following tips.

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Digital meetings in six steps

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 02 February, 2017

Are you often just too busy? Is it hard to keep up that balancing act? Well, you’re not the only one! At least not according to TNO’s health & safety survey Arbobalans 2016 published in December 2016. According to the survey, a lot of working people are overburdened by a combination of pressure of work and not enough autonomy. In healthcare and education, 25% of personnel are regularly balancing on the brink of burnout. Now that the economy is improving, it’s pretty obvious that pressure of work is increasing further in many organisations. So it’s time to work as effectively as possible. Too complicated? Not if you use the right tools! For example, have you ever considered digital meetings? They are faster to implement than you might think and will save you a lot of time.

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4 trends in municipal meetings

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 25 January, 2017

2017 is an important year for Dutch municipalities. After all, it was agreed in the coalition agreement that companies and citizens should be able to handle all of their official matters digitally by this year at the latest. This means digitizing  lot of work processes. But digitization is also penetrating the meeting room, which is no less than logical. Why should we continue to hold meetings in the old-fashioned way when the municipal organisation is changing as a whole? The following trends show that although municipal meetings will continue to exist, they will inevitably change in terms of form.

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Meeting trends to make your resolutions succeed

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 18 January, 2017

Lists of trends – what’s hot and what’s not - are always a popular item at the start of any new year. We think that a list of meeting trends for 2017 should certainly be among them. So that’s why we’ve identified a number of trends of which we would like to feature two in this blog. Both trends relate to one of the most common New Year’s resolutions - to live healthier and with less stress! Although it’s not always easy to keep to your resolutions, we’re sure that you would like to succeed this year. So why not take full advantage of these meeting trends? 

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Meetings in 2017

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 05 January, 2017

Did you know that in the Netherlands we spend a quarter of our working hours in meetings? You have only to calculate how many hours that is per year to see that it should really be rather less in 2017. Or more efficient anyway. And certainly if you’re the one who has to prepare the meeting.
In this blog, you’ll read how to make a fresh start with your meetings in the new year.

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What does Christmas dinner have in common with meetings?

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 22 December, 2016

Are you ready for the holidays? The day after Christmas we will hold a dinner party, so we’ve been busy preparing for the last week.  I enjoy the holidays but it can get quite hectic.  Thus even at home I prefer to have a systematic approach.

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Welcome to the meeting of the future

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 15 December, 2016

Pop your VR glasses on. Have they started already? No! “Welcome”! says a colleague, with a smile. “Take a seat!” You sit down on your virtual chair and the meeting can start. Is this the future? Maybe, but if so the meeting of the future is closer than we think. Perhaps not yet with Virtual Reality, but certainly digitally and in the cloud.

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iBabs is leader in paperless meetings and enables you to reduce these piles of documents to the thickness of your tablet. Hundreds of organizations have been using this system for more than 15 years.

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