The Top Meeting Tips of 2010 (Dave's Picks)

Last Updated Dec 19, 2010 9:25 PM EST

Meetings: An essential part of the work day, yet also the bane of our existence. We know that without meetings, important work can't get done. In that spirit, I've rounded up a handful of the most interesting -- yet unexpected -- meeting management advice of the year. This isn't a bunch of meeting management software recommendations. Instead, here are ways to make your time in meetings more efficient and productive.

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