Making Meetings Matter

Course at a glance

  • 60 mins
  • English
  • 80% Pass Rate Required

About the course

A droning speaker, a dull PowerPoint presentation and a pot of stale coffee. No matter the size of your company or what industry you’re in, you’re probably familiar with bad meetings.

Workers estimate a quarter of all time spent in meetings is wasted, and with the average office worker spending 16 hours each week in meetings, that’s a lot of time spent twiddling thumbs. 

Glance at a schedule on any given day, and you’ll see large blocks of time reserved for meetings of all sorts. Unfortunately, too many meetings, whether virtual or in-person, waste your time and ruin your productivity for the day.

This has resulted in meetings becoming something we dread, and it’s no secret that most of us would rather be, you know, working.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Key Insights

  • Mindless Accept Syndrome –  What is it and are you at risk? 
  • The Guest List – To prevent these characters from ruining your next meeting, it’s important you know how to manage them. After all this is your meeting, and you’re in control. 
  • The Five Ps – Meetings without structure tend to drone on forever, without ever getting to the point. After the meeting, attendees leave, wondering why they were even present. You can avoid this by structuring your meeting using the 5Ps planning guide. 
  • Roles and Responsibilities – There are lots of different roles associated with meetings, and believe it or not, everyone invited to and attending a business meeting has a critical role to play.
  • Setting an Agenda – A simple meeting agenda, distributed in advance, is perhaps the most important tool in ensuring a successful productive meeting. 
  • Meeting Ground Rules – To stop people displaying disruptive behaviours in meetings, get the group to agree on ground rules: the “norms” that everyone agrees to about how your meetings will be conducted.
  •  Action and Follow-Up – One of the most important aspects of holding a meeting is to agree on tasks that should be carried out. 
  • Meeting Tool Kit – Discover some of the best meeting management tools you can use in the real world. 

Who is it for?

  • Anyone who regularly leads or chairs meetings.
  • Anyone who has difficulty communicating during meetings.
  • Managers who would like to increase meeting productivity. 

Course Format

Learn at your own pace during this exciting, animated explainer course. You can work through the entire course, or, because we know how busy life can be, you have the option to go straight to particular skills you’d like to work on.