Meetings that Matter

Managers use meetings as a way to keep their team informed, problem solve, and plan but few use them as effectively as they could. How do we know? Wasting time in useless meetings is one of the top reasons employees give for not being as productive as they would like to be at work. This training provides participants with an understanding of how to run meetings that enhance, rather than detract from, employee performance and productivity.

Instructional Objectives:

This training program provides participants with the skills and knowledge to run effective meetings. The following topics will be covered:
  • Meeting management essentials;
  • Why you don’t follow them and what it’s costing you;
  • Components of an effective meeting;
  • Setting and following an agenda;
  • Managing participant input for maximum contribution; and
  • How and when to follow-up after a meeting.

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this training session participants will:
  • Understand how to run more effective meetings;
  • Be motivated to invest the necessary preparation time required to get better results from their meetings;
  • Feel more confident about managing some of the problem behaviours that can cause meetings to get off track;
  • Have simple systems to follow up on decision, discussions, and tasks that result from meetings;
  • Be able to evaluate if a meeting is the right format to achieve their objectives; and
  • Have clear guidelines for deciding who needs to be included in meetings and who does not.

Assessement Methods:

Our instructors are continuously assessing the student’s comprehension and ability to apply their learning through assignments, case studies, and interactive classroom activities that check for understanding. This is crucial in today’s fast-paced business environment as each new skill participants not only learn, but are able to apply in the workplace will have a huge positive impact on the business’s ability to thrive. Unlike structured public courses at colleges and universities that provide more general knowledge and must follow a rigid timeline, our on-site group training format allows our instructors to take the time to ensure that participants are able to take the skills and knowledge they gain in class and apply it to their unique situation to get the results they want in their work and business. We assess the student’s learning and progress using the following methods:

  • Application assignments for in between each training session to apply what was learned in their role in the business. (These assignments are sent in to the instructor in between each session so that the instructor can review them and provide further feedback if the student has not completed the assignment correctly.)
  • Interactive exercises, questions and discussion during the training sessions to ensure that the student understands how to apply the concepts in their role and/or business.
  • Student self-evaluation of their learning at the beginning and end of the program. (This is a brief 5 minute paper survey that the student takes at the beginning and end of each module to provide them with a measure of the knowledge they have gained from the training).
  • (Note: Our instructors are always available via phone and e-mail in-between training sessions should students need assistance with their assignments. This ensures that students are able to complete assignments and be fully prepared to build on their learning in the next session.)

This program builds competencies in the following areas:

Duration: 4 Hours

Format: Entrepreneur Training, Group Training, One-on-One Training