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The Importance of Meetings

Some fans laugh at meetings because they don’t know any better

Doug Weight holds an impromptu meeting.
Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

After the hiring of Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations for the New York Islanders was announced last week, a conference call with reporters was held. On that call, Lou answered questions from media veterans like Stan Fischler and Arthur Staple about numerous topics.

All in all, it was a phenomenal conference call. But how surprising is that, really? It is widely known that conference calls are fantastic, uplifting experiences. They allow for the healthy exchange of ideas, which is great in any walk of life.

But there’s a better way for a group of people to have a discussion, and that way is to hold a meeting.

Meetings are superior to conference calls because on a conference call, if you press the “mute” button and start cursing out the other call participants, they can’t hear you. Whereas there is no mute button in a meeting. If you curse at other people in a meeting, they will hear you and they will try to fight you.

And I realize that I just typed out a reason why meetings are actually worse than conference calls, which is the opposite of the point I was trying to make. I understand that now. So let me just get one more crack at this, I won’t let you down.

Meetings are so important that Matt Donovan was once recalled but not inserted in the lineup because he hadn’t yet had the chance to attend meetings. And you know what? I don’t ever recall him praising conference calls the way he did meetings.

But it’s not just Matt Donovan. In the following video, you will learn about the vital importance of meetings from current/former Islanders employees, the Corleone family and more.

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As you can see, everyone’s talking about meetings these days. Literally, every single person on earth is talking about meetings. And I gotta say, I can’t blame them. I can’t blame them at all.