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This course is available as an in house group training course in the UK and worldwide. We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs.
Group training costs from £1,850 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (international training price varies).
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Learn practical tools that you can use in real-life situations.
  • Learn the skills for super effective meetings
  • Meetings need to be purposeful - goal focused conversations
  • Plan the meeting by agreeing an agenda
  • Communicate clearly, using specific language
  • Quickly manage conflict and distracting behaviour
  • Manage the railroader, the cynic, clown and broken record
  • Have the courage to make a logical decision
Learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people who are facing similar situations.

Effective Meeting Training - 1 day open course

Course Pricing and Availability

This course is available as an in house group training course in the UK and worldwide. We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs.
Group training costs from £1,850 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (international training price varies).

Please view our other popular open courses at venues in: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Heathrow, Central London, Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Leeds, Nottingham and Dubai, UAE.

Please note all our training courses include three months additional FREE telephone coaching.

Course Timings: Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30. Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00, giving you an opportunity to check emails and make calls.
6 trainer-led hours, additional 2-3 via post-course portal independent learning

About the Effective Meetings Training Course

Effective meetings training is intended to help you maximise the progress you make in your meetings.

We can do this in two ways:

  1. Eliminate common errors that cause meetings to become non-productive
  2. Apply positive skills that will allow you to get more done in less time

The course content was excellent and very detailed. I found the time management section very useful and lots of new methods to help me be better organised. I found the emotions section very interesting and a great way to approach the issues. Chris was an excellent trainer, very clear and worked at a good pace.

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Effective Meeting Training Course Overview

Day One - Morning

  • Introductions
  • The high cost of meetings
  • Five skills of effective meetings
  • The role of the chairperson
  • The need for an agenda

Day One - Afternoon

  • Managing the delegates
  • Make the decision
  • Six kinds of decision
  • Exercise effective meeting
  • Action planning

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Introduction

The purpose of this course is to answer the following question.

“How can we have more productive meetings that are Goal focused, well designed, well managed, well prepared and held in the correct frame of mind?”

The high cost of meetings

If you are going to have a meeting, then make sure that the value derived from the meeting outweighs the cost of the meeting.

This course sets out the method by which you may avoid the pitfalls of bad meetings and reap the benefits of good meetings.

  1. The cost of the meeting is very high. Therefore, the value of the meeting must be even higher.
  2. Don't hold a 2k meeting for a 1k decision
  3. What are the three practical alternatives to having a face to face meeting?
  4. What are the benefits to having a face to face meeting?

The five qualities of productive meetings

In order for your meetings to be more productive, they should conform to the following five key principles:

  1. Clear Purpose
    There must be a definite purpose to the meeting - Too many meetings drift on without purpose.
  2. Accurate Language
    The language must be focused and accurate. Not too much ambiguity, vagueness, repetition or digression.
  3. Planned Approach
    The meeting should have an agenda, a definite structure.
  4. Rational conflict management and decision methods.
    The meeting will often be held in order to make some kind of decision, or to analyse a difficult situation, therefore, the meeting may create disagreements and some conflicts. Such Decisions, analysis and conflicts need to be discussed and aired rationally, not emotionally: With logic, not with upset or anger.
  5. Positive atmosphere
    To be most valuable, the meeting must be held in the spirit of cooperation: not antagonism.

The role of the chairperson

The chair person is a member of the meeting who directs and coordinates the activities of the delegates.
Notes on the chairing the meeting skills.

The agenda

The agenda is a written document that states the purpose of the meeting. It gives the meeting a structure.

The minutes / notes

The minutes of the meeting are the written notes (or recordings) of the main essentials of the meeting. Notes on note taking skills.

This was my first management course. I found the course to contain excellent content and showed me the importance of positive mental thinking and having good planning and communications skills.

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The Delegates

The delegates are those people who attend the meeting. They come in various types:

  • The railroader
    The railroader is the person who tries to dominate the meeting by pushing his ideas on the others without proper thought.
  • The joker
    The joker misuses humour and detracts rather than adds value to the meeting.
  • The digresser
    The digresser is the person who cannot keep his mind on the issue at hand and talks for too long about non-related or trivial issues.
  • The cynic
    The cynic is the person who criticises all ideas without having any positive or practical ideas of his own to offer in their place.
  • The 'broken record'
    The person who is obsessive over one issue: The delegate who cannot stop from thinking and talking about only one thing.

Five types of decision

There is a need to make decisions.

  • Don't procrastinate unnecessarily on making the decisions.
  • Don't be tempted to endlessly delay making the decision on the grounds that you do not yet have perfect knowledge.
  • You need to decide even in the face of incomplete and uncertain knowledge.

Decision matrix methods

There are six types of decision:

  1. Yes or No? Decisions. (Should we or should we not.)
  2. Which one, What kind? Decisions
  3. What is the priority order? Decisions
  4. What is the correct logical sequence? Decisions.
  5. Problem cause solution. Decisions.
  6. Problem implication and countermeasure. Decisions.

Three skills of proper analysis.

  1. Analyse the MEANING of key words and phrases, of the item under discussion. Agree a SINGLE meaning of your key terms. (Avoid damaging misunderstandings and arguments caused by the fact that the same word, or term, may have different meanings to different people in the room.) For example, the term “Aggressive” has multiple possible connotations.
  2. Analysis: Analysis is the act of breaking complex concepts into their constituent parts. Everything may be regarded as being constructed of smaller parts. To understand any situation, it is usually necessary to subdivide it into its constituent parts, and to think about each part separately: (Not to try to talk about everything at once or to keep switching categories).
  3. Analysis of problem cause and solution. We assume all problems have multiple causes, each of which suggest potential solutions.

The importance of taking good notes

  1. In the meeting take good written notes.
  2. Mental notes. (Memory training).
  3. Make up your written notes.
  4. Make up your action plans.
  5. Review your notes. Don't ignore them.

Meeting skills. A Practice Exercise.

Let us hold a meeting in order to come to definite conclusions.
Let us see how well you do.
Discussion and questions.

Summary and Action Plan.

The Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing an exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
    (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

The content was great and I found many other ways to deal with situations currently happening in my office. I'm looking forward to going back to the United States and implementing everything I learned. By far, one of the best courses I have been to and looking forward to attend another one. The presentation was clear, informative and straightforward. I personally enjoyed the exercises, since it helped me think about our current issues and apply solutions right away. It was worth the nine hour flight!

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Price for open training course

Contact us for open course training availability. Open Course cost includes:

  • Full day of quality training
  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal

Plus 3 months free telephone coaching

To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice, guidance and coaching.

After the course, how can you to keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished. The support comes in the form of the Post Course Portal.

The Post Course Portal is a web page that contains a review of all the course material, plus the following:

  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
  • Free eBook the effective leader manager.

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In House Course: from £1,850 +VAT per day (international training price varies) for up to 20 delegates

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