Meetings are the curse of the management classes. However, those with true personal power can often obviate the need for meetings by asking a simple question. How can you make this happen in your life?
When someone asks you to attend a meeting ask this question: “What is the issue or problem that you want to discuss in the meeting?”
When the person who is requesting the meeting defines the problem or issue, ask this question. “What would it be like if this issue was already resolved?”
Often you will find that in describing what it would be like when the issue is solved the other person will realise that they knew the solution all along.
However, when they cannot give a precise answer to the question you may well find that between the time of requesting the meeting and the actual time of the meeting they will have come up with a solution. You may still have to attend the meeting but it may well be a much shorter meeting than normal.
Once you start to think about the questions you could ask you will find that your personal power can increase enormously. Asking questions puts you in the driving seat. Questions make the other person think which can save you the trouble of having to think yourself. Questions are the key to finding solutions.