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Today, the very word ‘meeting’ conjures up images of time wasted in badly lit, airless offices. People sitting around tables unsure why they are there and wishing they were somewhere else. Hour after hour. Day after day. Will There Be Donuts? is business expert David Pearl’s first book and he draws on his two decades of consulting with some of the biggest companies in the world to re-educate the listener on how to hold meetings and, crucially, how to make them great. His client list is a who’s who of FTSE and NYSE names and they seek his advice on how to engage employees at every level to make their meetings more efficient, effective and engaging. At every level of an organisation, not just the very top. if your meetings are ineffective then it’s likely that your business is too.

Will There Be Donuts? will reinvigorate you as a person and as an employer/employee. David Pearl draws on his eclectic experience of the creative disciplines to help businesses around the world be more inspired and inspiring. In 1995 he was asked by one of the world’s leading professional service firms to create a revolutionary personal and professional development program for their top 1000 people. The success of the program marked the beginning of David’s career with large corporate businesses.

Nearly 1000 projects later, he and his group have an international reputation for pioneering work with businesses and those who work in them. Clients he has worked with include GSK, BP, Unilever, Oracle, Dell & Disney. David is in demand as a Public and Business Speaker, with a reputation for coaxing involvement out of even the most hard-bitten audiences.

©2012 David Pearl (P)2013 Audible Ltd

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"It's relevant, useful and fun to read. What more could you ask for?" (Charles Handy)

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  • Sommguy
  • 03-02-22

Couldn’t get through it

Didn’t like it at all kind of dumb book wouldn’t recommend it is not worth your credit

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-21

Hilarous and Effective

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop David put on with my company. I was so impressed with his comedic approach to the content that I was curious if he had written anything - and then I stumbled across this book. It's practical wisdom sprinkled with comedy that quite honestly, everyone should read. Challenging myself to think about what my intent is for a meeting has changed my thinking not only around the meetings I hold but the ones I attend. David provides practical tips on how to be more purposeful, and thusly more effective and productive, in work meetings. I'm only 3 days post-reading this book but I've applied the learnings each day and it has really made a difference. The fact that I've literally laughed out loud and some points just makes it that more of an enjoyable read.

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  • Julian Phillips
  • 08-03-19

A master story teller

I am lucky enough to have spent a few days in David's outlandishly amazing company. Listening to this audible "Will There Be Donuts" brought back many fun memories and reminded me of his simple brilliance. This is a must listen for every executive around the World. If you accept the challenge to be a "Really Meeting" revolutionary, you could transform your business and dramatically increase the happiness of your customers and your employees.