Meetings, Meetings, Meetings!

Maximum Performance
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Course description

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings!

How to manage them effectively

Some of us spend a large proportion of our working lives in meetings – and much of this time is wasted.

That’s why good chairing skills are crucial. This practical and engaging programme shows how skillful chairing can steer a meeting to a successful conclusion, saving considerable time and significantly boosting efficiency.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Learn what makes a great meeting
  • Learn what makes a great chairperson
  • Learn how to keep your meetings on track and to time
  • Learn how to structure and plan your meetings
  • Learn how to handle negative, time-wasting and disruptive behaviours effectively

Training Course Content

Achieving best practice in meetings

  • What drives you crazy about meetings?
  • How and why a meeting can go wrong – and right
  • A benchmark of good practice
  • Key factors that lead to shorter, productive meetings

The perfect chairperson/manager

  • What makes someone a really good chairperson/manager of a meeting?
  • How the role of the chairperson may be different in different kinds of meetings, including:
    • Cascade / briefing / update meetings
    • Team meetings and 1:1 meetings
    • Discussion, debate or decision-making meetings
    • Feedback meetings
    • Brainstorming / blue-sky meetings
    • Review and ‘lessons learned’ meetings

The ‘before’ phase

  • Planning ahead of time and setting things up to succeed
  • How to draw up an agenda that works – and making sure it’s distributed ahead of time
  • Essential preparation to ensure success

The ‘during’ phase

  • Managing the meeting process
  • Getting off to a good start by setting the scene
  • How to keep the meeting on track and to time
  • Encouraging and facilitating the discussion
  • The power of summaries to clarify understanding

Handling difficult people and situations

  • Managing group dynamics
  • Reading the group / meeting
  • Dealing with people who waste time, are negative or hold side conversations, etc
  • How to handle disagreement / conflict

The ‘after’ phase

  • Bringing the meeting to a successful close
  • Ensuring everything has been covered
  • Why it’s important to distribute minutes ASAP
  • How to make minutes as effective as possible
  • Best practice for recording the most important discussions and agreements made / actions to be taken
  • Following up on action points

When the meeting isn’t working

  • Showing personal leadership by pointing out when the meeting isn’t working – because it’s gone off track or people are getting bored
  • The importance of taking individual responsibility
  • Looking for ways of supporting the process or being aware of time-keeping

Virtual meetings

  • What to consider in conference calls
  • The ingredients for success
  • How to avoid common problems

Actions and next steps

  • Review
  • Personal action planning
  • Next steps

Course delivery details


Designed as a highly interactive 45-minute webinar for groups of 6 to 8, or 60 minutes for groups of up to 12, or 90 minutes for groups of up to 20.

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Maximum Performance

At Maximum Performance, we are passionate about improving the performance of individuals, teams and organisations. Our extensive portfolio of courses are offered via a range of flexible delivery options - including public courses, in-house training, webinars and virtual classrooms. We...

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23 The Foresters Burgundy House
AL5 2FB Harpenden Hertfordshire

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