Bridging the difference® from painful to gainful meetings
I can tell you genuinely want to help others become more successful and effective in managing meetings. I particularly enjoyed the psychology aspects of the training – how our job as meeting facilitators is to ease anxiety from uncertainty…The [very important] meeting I held with leadership was a great success. We achieved the result we wanted.” —Senior Operations Consultant, Surgical Products Company
Consider the last few meetings you initiated.
- Did people arrive late, leave early, or not show?
- Did people use the meeting time to multitask other work done vs. effectively focus on the decisions to be made in your meeting?
- Did the conversation go too far off-topic?
- Were decisions delayed because you didn’t have all the information needed?
- If the meeting was virtual, was there too much wasted time from dead air?
- Were you frequently asked, “Would you please repeat the question?”
- Did you find out later some people in the meeting were unclear about decisions made or understood them differently than intended?
This Intentional Meetings® workshop provides a proven, specific process to move meetings from painful to gainful. Pre-work includes identification of an upcoming meeting you have yet to initiate, in which a group is to make a significant decision. That meeting will be used to enable practice-application of every step of the process so that, when you return to your desk, you will be prepared to implement the approach.
1-day workshop ACTIVITIES AND OUTCOMES
- Discover methods to build relationships in your meetings.
- Get specific about your meeting purpose and target outcomes.
- Shift your role in the meeting: it is not to control, it is to make decision-making easier.
- Ensure you invite the right people; know how to respond to “spectators’” requests to attend.
- Discover a powerful way to build a meeting agenda collaboratively.
- Gain skills to guide the meeting so it stays on track.
- Recognize when and how to allow agenda changes in the meeting.
- Practice listening and reflecting back to ensure you understand what others are saying.
- Recognize how conflict arises from taking positions; be able to shift from positions to interests.
- Gain tools and techniques to mitigate conflict-producing behaviors.
- Use facilitation methods that ensure decisions and next steps stick.
Want to move your meetings from painful to gainful? Contact us.