The Joy of Meetings

Wooden mannequins pushing puzzle pieces into the right place


Have you ever sat in a meeting wishing you were somewhere else?  Anywhere else, even at the dentist?  Have you ever walked out after a meeting thinking…”what a waste of time?”  Does this sound familiar: You didn’t get to see the agenda until you arrived, it was overloaded, and some of the items on it were downright surprises.  Several people talked too much, others hardly at all and the meeting kept going beyond its scheduled end time. Few authentic agreements were reached on any issue, there were no comprehensive follow-up action plans, and banking on past experiences, you expect many issues will come up again at future meetings.  Where’s the energy, the enthusiasm, the zest?          Well, meetings don’t have to be frustrating time wasters; The Joy of Meetings offers the skills, tools and processes you can learn and use to keep meetings focused and get the results you want.  You’ll get more done in less time, involve everyone present and be clear on who does what after the meeting is over.  You may find yourself thinking about meetings differently, even as time savers and fun. THE JOY OF MEETINGS

How many meetings a week do people attend in your organization?  It seems the higher up the supervisory and management ladder people go, the more meetings they have to endure.  As a chance to share information, innovate, make decisions, plan projects and solve problems, nothing beats people working together at the same time.  Whether in one room, or at a distance connected through technology, nobody has time to waste on non-productive, uninspiring meetings that fall short of what they were set up to do.  The Joy of Meetings approach will change all that.  It teaches people how to construct indispensable agendas and use them to include everyone who will attend the meeting.  It aims people toward timeliness, purpose and outcomes so what goes on in the meeting accomplishes clearly articulated pre-set goals.  It teaches people how to track activities between meetings, so everyone is kept informed of both progress and problems. It teaches the skills, processes and tools that make meetings successful.  And, just in case you’re pretty satisfied with meetings as they are now, you’ll move them from OK to outstanding so you truly can discover “The Joy of Meetings.”


The Joy of Meetings will teach people how to: * Create purposeful and vital agendas with input        from everyone who will attend the meeting * Come to the meeting prepared and on the mark * Develop ground rules for acceptable meeting behaviors  * Use the four essential participant roles * Avoid the 7 deadly sins of meetings * Facilitate meetings to keep up the pace and insure         exceptional  member involvement * Reach sincere win-win agreements through collaboration * Handle disruptions, side-tracking, distractions,        conflicts and “hidden agendas” * Artfully keep everyone on the same page * Plan unambiguous follow-through and follow-up actions with        built-in accountability tools * Capture key elements of the action with brilliant note-taking * Put the effervescence back in meetings

“There are two major kinds of work in modern organizations: Taking phone messages for people who are in meetings and, Going to meetings”    Dave Barry

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