Meeting Planning Facilitation Training

How to Maximize Meeting Effectiveness

“LSA helped change our entire culture around meetings, making them more effective and efficient, thus enabling us to concentrate on driving more business.”
Terry Wassman | VP of Human Resources | Cholestech

“Starting with the Executive Team and through a combination of agreed upon meeting ground rules, templates, agendas, processes  and technology we were able to significantly improve what happens before, during and after our meetings.  Our ineffective meetings have been cut by 50%.”
Chris Wells | SVP of Human Resources & IT | Xoma

Approximately 11 million business meetings are held every day in the United States. Most are considered a waste of valuable time. In a recent survey, 45% of senior executives felt that employees would be more productive if meetings were banned once a week.

Description:
According to recent Bain & Co. research, managers spend 50% or more of their time in meetings, yet two-thirds of meetings end before participants can make important decisions. Not surprisingly, the research also shows that 85% of executives are dissatisfied with the efficiency and effectiveness of their companies’ meetings.

This proven one-day Meeting Planning and Facilitation workshop teaches skills that will enable participants to accomplish more in meetings in less time. It is based on the premise that successful meetings require both a good plan and strong facilitation. Participants learn all the elements of a successful meeting plan and how to facilitate and achieve desired outcomes during the meeting.

They also practice the meeting skills of gaining consensus, managing the communication flow, keeping the meeting on track, and handling disruptive behaviors in a positive way.

Participants learn how to:

  • Effectively plan a meeting – purpose, desired outcomes, and agenda
  • Correctly identify the appropriate pre-work and attendees for each meeting
  • Efficiently achieve consensus and identify when consensus is the appropriate decision-making method
  • Handle disruptive behaviors so that the person becomes a positive meeting participant
  • Facilitate meetings, as a leader or participant, so that the meeting accomplishes stated outcomes, stays on track, encourages equal participation, and creates action plans that encourage follow-through

Each Meeting Planning and Facilitation program is 100% customized to meet specific business and project needs.

The process includes meeting pre-work, preparation, and follow-up. Preparation typically includes:

  1. Observation: Facilitator/consultant observes real-time meetings prior to the workshop to customize the workshop to address key priorities.
  2. Baseline Measurement: Participants quickly evaluate a current meeting according to best practice guidelines to get a baseline measurement.

One-half day executive sessions are also available to ensure company accountability and alignment. Please contact us directly if you would like to learn how we have helped leading companies improve the effectiveness of their meetings.

Target Audience:
Anyone who is responsible for running effective meetings including managers, supervisors, team leaders, individuals, and project leaders.

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