Christopher Hawkins – Effective Software Development presents his ten Meeting Guidelines, and starting from guideline one deals with opposition, it goes like this:
Christopher’s Meeting Guideline #1: Meetings should never be used to present information, only to make decisions about information presented prior to the meeting. Yeah, yeah, how do people GET information unless it’s presented to them in a meeting, blah blah blah. See rule 2.
More guidelines can be found here:
– John Cleese, in the video “Meetings, Bloody Meetings,” outlined these key elements to running a meeting