Meetings Conference

$39.00$189.00

March 2nd, 2021

8:30am-3:30pm CST

  • Session 1: 8:30-9:30am CST
  • Session 2: 10:00a-12:00pm CST
  • Session 3: 12:30-3:30pm CST

Virtual Training over Zoom

Much of what we do requires the ability to interact effectively with multiple people, in multiple ways, at various moments throughout our careers. But many professionals haven’t learned how to successfully facilitate a discussion between two or more people. This session provides tactical tools and techniques for facilitating meetings regardless of audience size.

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Meetings - 3 Part Conference WHOLE DAY

Much of what we do requires the ability to interact effectively with multiple people, in multiple ways, at various moments throughout our careers. But many professionals haven’t learned how to successfully facilitate a discussion between two or more people. This session provides tactical tools and techniques for facilitating meetings regardless of audience size. This course arms participants with a clear sense of purpose for any meeting along with next-level tips and tools to maintain a safe and productive environment. Organizational politics are a part of the job (and meetings), but that doesn’t mean you need to allow them to stop progress. Find safe and easy ways to say, “We’re done with this topic,” or “Let’s give someone else the floor,” without offending your boss or jeopardizing relationships.

We’ve all been to, or maybe even led, a meeting that could have gone better. So let’s make meetings better! In the full day, you’ll get the nuts, bolts, and everything in between on how to help make meetings more effective, whether from a seat as a participant, or at the front of the room as a facilitator. 

Objectives

  • Identify the three characteristics of a good/bad meeting
  • Encounter tools to make meetings less awful
  • Evaluate past and upcoming meetings using tested and proven framework
  • Gain a repeatable framework for planning and facilitating collaborative meetings
  • Gain tips and strategies for improving your skills as a facilitator
  • Practice anticipating and preparing for the challenges that will most likely occur in your meeting environment
  • Gain proven techniques as a facilitator to keep your cool under fire

 

1 - Have Better Meetings (1 hour) - 8:30-9:30am CST

Meetings have the potential to be a super-effective way to collaborate and relay or gather information, but they can also be a total time suck where it feels like we go around in circles or back and forth without accomplishing anything. This one-hour session will give you tips and tools to have more of the former and less of the latter, specifically from a participant perspective. 

Objectives: 

  • Identify the three characteristics of a good/bad meeting
  • Encounter tools to make meetings less awful
  • Evaluate past and upcoming meetings using tested and proven framework

 

2 - Facilitation Foundations (2 hour) - 10:00a-12:00pm CST

Bad meetings waste time.  Late arrivals, early departures, people checking out, imbalanced participation, distractions from tools or tech that aren’t quite ready, and discussing things that could have been just as easily covered in a well-worded email are just a few of the many symptoms of bad meetings. If you find yourself facilitating meetings from time to time, this session will get you what you really need to know, from identifying your participants to planning and executing a productive meeting.  You’ll learn the tools of the trade, what keeps people interested and how to receive feedback in real time, to improve the quality of the meeting before, during, and after the actual gathering. 

Objectives:

  • Gain a repeatable framework for planning and facilitating collaborative meetings
  • Gain tips and strategies for improving your skills as a facilitator

 

3 - Advanced Facilitation Tips (3 hour) - 12:30-3:30pm CST

Some meetings – and some meeting participants – require extra care and finesse.  Busy executives with limited time on their hands, distracted individuals whose minds are elsewhere, and people caught up in organizational politics that don’t align with the other meeting participants can make things really tough! Whether we’re trying to understand the technical details of a specific issue or we’re planning for the next several months or years for our organization, our meetings need to be productive and useful.  The best compliment to a meeting facilitator is to be invited back, and that doesn’t happen unless the people in the meeting agree that the meeting was effective. 

Gain and practice proven techniques to protect the productivity of the meeting and keep things moving forward well, even in the face of apathy, distractedness, excessive chattiness, resistance, hostility, unreasonable dominance, and other unproductive behaviors.  In this right-size session, we’ll go beyond the basics to improve participants’ facilitation skills. You’ll learn ways to eliminate wasted time in meetings, including specific facilitation techniques. You’ll also learn how to interact successfully when difficult behaviors arise and “coach the person in front of you.” 

Objectives:

  • Practice anticipating and preparing for the challenges that will most likely occur in your meeting environment
  • Gain proven techniques as a facilitator to keep your cool under fire
  • Practice regaining control in a safe environment, so you can be ready when the next meeting turns unpleasant
  • Gain tools you can use to help others manage better meetings where you work

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