Course Overview

Learn how to run and manage shorter, more productive meetings. Become a effective chair of meetings that people look forward to.

Meetings are an integral part of company life. They offer an essential forum for sharing information, debate, planning and decision-making.

When poorly run and managed, they are also very frustrating as people feel that they are wasting their time and not getting anything done.

Carefully planned and managed meetings save time and help businesses reach their objectives.

This one day course will show you and let you practice what it takes to organise and run productive meetings.

What Will I Learn?

This course covers all aspects of chairing meetings.

It looks at:

    1. Preparation:
      How to prepare for a meeting so that everyone is clear about what their role is, and what the aim of the meeting is?
    2. During The Meeting:
      How to ensure that each agenda item is introduced and dealt with effectively.
      How to structure discussions to encourage participation, build a group consensus and ensure that a clear decision is taken on each agenda item.
      How to deal with time wasters and disruptive participants.
    3. Follow Up:
      How to ensure that appropriate useful minutes are produced and distributed.

The Training Day

Our training runs from 9.30am to approximately 4.30am.

We ask that you try to arrive for 9.15am so that we can take your lunch order and get you comfortably settled in with a cup of tea or coffee ready to start at 9.30am.

All of our training rooms are air-conditioned and have plenty of outside light.

You do not need to bring anything with you, we provide everything that you will need for a productive days training:

  •  A delicious freshly prepared lunch.
  • Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits
  • A full-colour book for you to make notes in and take home
  • Pads and pens

Please come wearing whatever you are most comfortable wearing. We do not have a dress code.

Course Detail

  • The purpose of meetings
  • Planning meetings
  • Creating an effective objective
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Documenting meetings
  • Participating in meetings
  • Managing the flow of a meeting
  • Motivating a productive discussion
  • Keeping a conversation focused
  • Closing meetings
  • Evaluating a meeting’s effectiveness
  • Taking agreed-upon action
  • Meeting leaders
  • Decisions and ideas
  • Steps for making decisions
  • Generating an option
  • Identifying the best option
  • Implementing an option
  • Exploring “Groupthink”
  • Communicating clearly
  • Communicating assertively
  • Enhancing relationships with participants
  • Dealing with challenging participants
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Improving listening skills
  • Barriers to listening effectively
  • Asking effective questions
  • Types of questions