Meeting Skills Workshops

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Meeting Skills

How much time do you spend in meetings? How much of that time is productive? If your meetings are typical, too many of them are expensive, unproductive time wasters:

  • 11 million meetings are held in the US every day
  • $338 is the average salary cost of a meeting
  • 33.4% of meeting time is considered unproductive by participants
  • 63% of meetings don’t have an agenda

The most common complaint is that too many meetings are inconclusive, with no decisions made.

With our meeting skills training, you:

  • reduce wasted time
  • lead meetings that move projects forward
  • increase employee engagement by respecting participants’ time
  • make every meeting positive and energizing

Workshops for Meeting Skills

 

Facilitating High Impact Learning

2-day workshop

Learn practical skills and adult-learning techniques to deliver effective training.

Facilitating High Impact Meetings

2-day workshop

Learn how to plan and facilitate productive meetings that achieve desired results.

Making Meetings Work

1-day workshop

Apply a set of proven best practices for productive meetings.

Minute Taking

1-day workshop

Understand and apply best practices in taking and writing meeting minutes.

Communicate with Impact

1-day workshop

Plan and conduct productive business conversations.

See also: WRITING SKILLS, PRESENTATION SKILLS

Our approach

Our meeting skills workshops help participants improve their daily interactions with others. Whether facilitating a formal meeting or conducting an informal face-to-face conversation, our business meeting training helps you stay on task and be productive.

Each meeting skills workshop helps participants develop the skills they need to interact successfully in a specific type of meeting. We help employees lead productive group meetings that are face-to-face or virtual. We also help them become better meeting participants. And, if your experts deliver training sessions, we help them hone their facilitation skills. In addition, we help employees conduct professional one-on-one business conversations and build a positive personal brand.

Meeting skills workshop group work

What to expect

Participants learn by doing. They practice their own real-life scenarios as they learn to adapt their speaking style and polish their interacting skills. Participants stay energized by taking part in group exercises and experiential learning activities.

Participants have an opportunity to build on their existing strengths and learn new meeting, facilitation and speaking skills. They practice new skills and receive feedback and coaching. As a result, they can confidently apply their new skills in all meeting situations.

Participants have an opportunity to:

  • Plan and design effective meetings
  • Capture highlights, decisions and actions from each meeting and ensure follow through
  • Use effective communication and questioning skills
  • Use a range of facilitation tools
  • Adopt best practices before, during and after meetings to ensure that their time spent in meetings is productive
  • Assess their listening and speaking skills
  • Overcome barriers that cause interference between speakers and listeners
  • Send messages that build relationships and convey corporate values and beliefs
  • Use verbal and non-verbal techniques to enhance their message
group work in meeting workshop

Benefits of good meeting skills

Meetings help attendees get on the same wavelength
Getting together to learn something saves everyone from reading email chains and searching for information individually. Meeting as a group also ensures everyone has the same information. This makes discussion and debate more fruitful, and decisions faster and better.

Meetings enable creative problem solving
When you put a team together to solve a problem, you get better quality solutions than if you do it on your own. When your team is well briefed, your collective ideas will be even better.

Good planning and preparation means greater productivity
When meetings are planned thoughtfully by the leader and participants prepare in advance, people come with their best ideas and make informed decisions.

Good meetings hold participants accountable
When you create a culture of accountability, participants know they are responsible for completing assigned tasks. That’s how projects move forward.

Strong meeting facilitators navigate conflict diplomatically
With strong facilitation skills, meeting leaders can make sure all ideas are heard and points of view respected. This ensures conflict is transformed to healthy discussion, contributes to a positive culture and leads to the best solutions.