2022-11-24 18:16:00

The meeting that will not bore you to death

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By Ernesto M Ordoez

To make a meeting most productive, it is useful to know how it will end even before it starts. This valuable suggestion many years ago came from Tomas Alcantara, my then fellow trade and industry secretary. Since we were both new in government coming from the private sector, I told him, Since Ive joined government, I feel like a DOMnot for dirty old man, but for died of meetings. There were too many, and often, not very productive meetings.

An example of the exact opposite of unproductive meetings is the National Cacao Congress, which started yesterday (and will run until today) at the Davao SMX Convention Center with the theme, Cacao is gold.

Too often, participants leave a seminar feeling they do not know what valuable things they actually got. On the other hand, the Cacao Congress from the very start already identified four things the participants should have by the end of the convention.

First is knowing what to do differently than current cacao production practices. Since there are so many contrasting methods taught by different people, participants do not know which to follow.

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