How You Will Benefit

On an average day, there are seventeen million meetings in the U.S. Yet, an estimated sixty-three percent of meetings don’t have prepared agendas. Not to mention, only fifty-three percent of meeting time is spent actually discussing agenda items, while the rest of the time goes to unproductive, unplanned issues.

Based on these statistics, it’s easy to see why meetings have a bad reputation. Poorly run meetings take too long, involve too many people, and never seem to result in any concrete action. Despite this, meetings are necessary and can be extremely effective. Meetings that are planned and facilitated well give participants a sense of accomplishment and a sense that their time was well spent. This program will show you how to make every meeting efficient and effective

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your ability to:

Recognize ways to change your mindset aboutmeetings.

Eliminate habits that make meetingsunproductive.

Identify alternatives to holding traditionalmeetings.

Demonstrate effective facilitation skills.

Help your group make decisions quickly.

Ensure that every meeting ends with actionableitems.

Key Topics Covered

This course explores the following subjects in depth:
Determining a meeting’s purpose and ensuringan action-oriented focus
Discovering how alternatives such astechnology/social media, huddles, office hours,and open house can be used to achieve themeeting’s purposeThe 15-minute meeting philosophy anddeveloping a different perspective on meetingsto help ensure effective use of time
Eliminating unproductive meeting habits thatoccur before, during, and after a meeting
Preparing an effective meeting agenda to helpensure discussions are focused and to facilitatefollow-up later on
Tips and techniques for effective facilitationduring the meeting such as managing side issues
Making successful decisions quickly through the“satisficer” approach—choosing the option thatmeets an established set of criteria
Important items to track during meetings thatfacilitate follow-up and the distribution ofmeeting notes to attendees

What the Course Offers

Interactive learning setting
Opportunity to apply the concepts in a risk-freeenvironment
Thorough set of materials: Instructor Guide,Participant Guide, classroom PowerPointpresentation, and one-page Learning Summary