Meetings Management: Making Meetings Work

Duration: 1 Day

Meetings come in all shapes and sizes, from the convention to a quick huddle in an office hallway. This one-day workshop will be concerned with small working meetings; with groups that have a job to do requiring the energy, commitment, and talents of those who participate.

Members of such a group want to get some kind of result out of their time together: solving problems, brainstorming, or simply sharing information. At its best, such a group knows what it is about, and knows and utilises the strengths of individual members.

How can I attend my course?

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the value of meetings as a management tool
  • Recognise the critical planning step that makes meeting time more effective
  • Identify process tools that can help create an open and safe forum for discussion
  • Develop and practice techniques for handling counterproductive behaviours

Course Outline

The Basics for Effective Meetings

Key characteristics of successful meetings. Types of meetings and alternatives to holding a meeting.

The Best and Worst of Meetings

Identify the characteristics of effective meetings and ineffective meetings.

Holding Productive Meetings

Explore the key to productive meetings.

Preparing for Meetings

Planning guidelines, including tips on determining the time and attendees.


The importance of agendas.

Setting the Place

Considerations when choosing the location and physical setup for the meeting.

Leading a Meeting

Skills for leading a successful meeting.

Process and Content

Differences between process and content. Participants will also learn about ground rules, different techniques for engaging meetings, and facilitation skills.

How to Control a Meeting

Types of difficult dynamics and solutions in a group exercise.

A Plan for Success

Create an action plan for areas of weakness identified in their pre-assignment.

Workshop Wrap-Up

At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to discuss and complete an action plan.

My Course Notes

You will receive a full set of course notes and all supporting materials for your course. Hard Copy Delivered to your premises or Downloaded to a chosen device.


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