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Self-Improvement Series

Effective Business Meetings


DESCRIPTION
This seminar is one day in length. It covers all aspects of business meetings including preparation, starting, conducting and closing meetings. We discuss different types of meetings and their purposes. There also is a chapter on technological tools and virtual meetings. Included in the workbook are supporting forms and an appendix of meeting information.

RATIONALE
The problem of ineffective business meetings is widespread and increasing. Most business meetings are either ineffective or time wasters. In the United States, executives spend 100 percent more time in meetings than they did ten years ago. This seminar reviews the proper methods needed to host effective business meetings.

OBJECTIVES
To develop each attendee into an effective meeting planner, organizer and facilitator. To increase the information flow from each meeting and to reduce the length of time each meeting takes while increasing its effectiveness.

METHODOLOGY
This seminar is 50 percent lecture and 50 percent participation. All attendees bring to the seminar their last meeting agendas, and each attendee discusses what worked well and what did not. We discuss ways of conducting meetings which include developing agendas, reducing delays in meetings, preventing tangents, pacing, sharing information with all attendees, how to properly conduct discussions, managing participation, keeping the discussions focused and progressing, and how to close the discussion on each subject. Group dynamics are also discussed.

KEY TOPICS
This seminar covers: preparing for a meeting, starting the meeting, conducting the meeting, closing the meeting, types of meetings, techniques and technological tools and virtual meetings.

 

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