Making the Most of Meetings

Do you set clear objectives for meetings you run and achieve them?

How good are you at encouraging participation and keeping meetings on track?

Meetings can cause frustration when a few people are allowed to dominate, and when the meeting leader seems to lack control or skill. When a collaborative environment is created, where a group of people are actively making a contribution, in a co-operative, constructive manner, you are likely to find a competent facilitator at the helm.

Learn how to apply a toolkit of practical processes and techniques to plan a meeting, and manage the people dynamic and the timing.

What will you learn to do?

  • plan and structure the agenda and flow of a meeting or group discussion to
  • maximise participants contribution
  • open and close a meeting
  • listen, question, summarise
  • identify and respond to manipulative or negative behaviour from participants
  • manage the group dynamic to support the generation of ideas, debate and discussion
  • adopt a comfortable conversational style to develop rapport and build trust
  • use a variety of tools, processes and techniques to encourage participation, add clarity to the discussion and ensure collaboration – in formal and informal meetings

Who should attend?

This programme is versatile. We offer it to those who have had limited experience in leading meetings, projects, or group discussions. It can also be geared for those with a higher level of facilitation skill, who have not had exposure to facilitation skills development, and want to lift the bar.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller