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. Discover methods to build relationships in your meetings.
  2. Get specific about your meeting purpose and target outcomes.
  3. Shift your role in the meeting: it is not to control, it is to make decision-making easier.
  4. Ensure you invite the right people; know how to respond to “spectators’” requests to attend.
  5. Discover a powerful way to build a meeting agenda collaboratively.
  6. Gain skills to guide the meeting so it stays on track.
  7. Recognize when and how to allow agenda changes in the meeting.
  8. Practice listening and reflecting back to ensure you understand what others are saying.
  9. Recognize how conflict arises from taking positions; be able to shift from positions to interests.
  10. Gain tools and techniques to mitigate conflict-producing behaviors.
  11. Use facilitation methods that ensure decisions and next steps stick.

Want to move your meetings from painful to gainful? Contact us.