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From the Ted Talk by David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings

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Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds familiar to me, too. A culpoe of weeks after I put that onnlie, 500,000 people in dozens of countries, I mean dozens of countries, watched this vedio. And three years later, it's still getting thousands of views every month. It's close to about a million right now. And in fact, some of the bggiest companies in the world, companies that you've heard of but I won't name, have aeksd for my permission to use this video in their new-hire tirannig to tceah their new employees how not to run a meeting at their company. And if the numbers — there are a million views and it's being used by all these cmeinapos — aren't enough proof that we have a global problem with meetings, there are the many, many thousands of comments pestod online after the video went up. Thousands of people worte things like, "OMG, that was my day today!" "That was my day every day!" "This is my life." One guy wrote, "It's funny because it's true. Eerily, slady, depressingly true. It made me laugh until I cried. And cried. And I cried some more." (Laughter) This poor guy said, "My daily life until reimetnert or death, sigh." These are real quotes and it's real sad.

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Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds familiar to me, too. A ______ of weeks after I put that ______, 500,000 people in dozens of countries, I mean dozens of countries, watched this _____. And three years later, it's still getting thousands of views every month. It's close to about a million right now. And in fact, some of the _______ companies in the world, companies that you've heard of but I won't name, have _____ for my permission to use this video in their new-hire ________ to _____ their new employees how not to run a meeting at their company. And if the numbers — there are a million views and it's being used by all these _________ — aren't enough proof that we have a global problem with meetings, there are the many, many thousands of comments ______ online after the video went up. Thousands of people _____ things like, "OMG, that was my day today!" "That was my day every day!" "This is my life." One guy wrote, "It's funny because it's true. Eerily, _____, depressingly true. It made me laugh until I cried. And cried. And I cried some more." (Laughter) This poor guy said, "My daily life until __________ or death, sigh." These are real quotes and it's real sad.

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Original Text

Sound familiar? Yeah, it sounds familiar to me, too. A couple of weeks after I put that online, 500,000 people in dozens of countries, I mean dozens of countries, watched this video. And three years later, it's still getting thousands of views every month. It's close to about a million right now. And in fact, some of the biggest companies in the world, companies that you've heard of but I won't name, have asked for my permission to use this video in their new-hire training to teach their new employees how not to run a meeting at their company. And if the numbers — there are a million views and it's being used by all these companies — aren't enough proof that we have a global problem with meetings, there are the many, many thousands of comments posted online after the video went up. Thousands of people wrote things like, "OMG, that was my day today!" "That was my day every day!" "This is my life." One guy wrote, "It's funny because it's true. Eerily, sadly, depressingly true. It made me laugh until I cried. And cried. And I cried some more." (Laughter) This poor guy said, "My daily life until retirement or death, sigh." These are real quotes and it's real sad.

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