Are your meetings putting employees to sleep? There is nothing more boring and demoralizing than mandatory meetings where presenters drone on and on about topics that aren't relevant to attendees. You can make your meetings more effective and interesting by following a few basic steps: 1. Only schedule meetings when absolutely necessary. 2. Invite only those who are directly involved in the topic at hand. 3. Create an agenda, pass it out and use it. 4. Offer refreshments. 5. Start on time. 6. Designate someone to take notes and have them transcribed and distributed after the meeting. 7. Assign tasks and due dates on the spot and indicate if a follow-up meeting will be necessary. 8. End on time.