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What is a Meeting?

A meeting is a defined real-time gathering of two or more people for the purpose of achieving a common goal through conversation and interaction. Meetings have three qualities which differentiate them from other kinds of conversations:

  1. Meetings are declared.
    Someone decides that a meeting should happen with some group of people. Usually this results in someone scheduling a meeting.
  2. Meetings have a purpose.
    While the purpose may not be clear to everyone in attendance, there is always a reason someone felt they needed to declare a meeting.
  3. Meetings have a defined start and end.
    Each meeting has a clear before, during, and after.

Note: This is probably one of the more controversial definitions in the glossary. We welcome the discussion.

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