In this course, you will discover how to plan, lead, and participate in formal or informal meetings and how to make them more productive and successful. You will learn how to save time and resources by ensuring that meetings support business needs.
In this course, you will discover how to plan, lead, and participate in formal or informal meetings and how to make them more productive and successful. You will learn how to save time and resources by ensuring that meetings support business needs. The course has the following objectives: to identify the best reasons for holding meetings, prepare for meetings more thoroughly, draw up action-cantered agendas, apply the skills of chairing, leading, facilitating, and participating, and finally, structure and manage conversations in meetings for maximum effectiveness.
Stephen Haunts is an experienced Software Developer and Leader who has worked across multiple business domains including Computer Games, Finance, and Healthcare Retail and Distribution. Stephen has worked in languages ranging from Assembler, various forms of BASIC, to C and C++, and then finding his love of C# and .NET.
Why Have Meetings? Hi, my name is Stephen Haunts. Welcome to my course on How to Run Effective Meetings. In this module we're going to look at why we have meetings. We'll start off by defining what a meeting is, and then looking at what makes a good meeting. We will then look more closely at the purpose of meetings. Then we'll look at some of the typical types of meetings that you would attend or host. Then we'll take a look at the benefits of meetings, followed by the dangers of meetings. Then we'll look at the cost of having meetings. Gathering lots of people together for an hour is expensive, so we'll look at this in more detail. Because of these costs, we'll also look at things you should consider before booking a meeting. Let's get started by looking at what meetings are, and what makes a good meeting.
Planning and Preparation Hi, my name is Stephen Haunts, and welcome back to my course on How to Run Effective Meetings. In this module we're going to look at the planning and preparation of meetings. We'll look at the following subjects: First we'll decide who you should invite to your meetings. Then we'll take a look at where you should host that meeting. We'll then look at defining the context and objectives of the meeting. This is where you let the your audience know what the meeting purpose is and what you hope to achieve. Next we'll take a look at setting an agenda and go through some tips for writing your agenda. Once we have covered agenda writing we'll look at the timings of your meetings. When do you hold the meeting, and how long should it be? Next we'll look at the different roles that people have in the meeting. We'll then finish off this module by looking at some of the visual aids that you can use. Let's get started and look at who you should invite to your meeting.
Running the Meeting Hi, my name is Stephen Haunts. Welcome back my course on How to Run Effective Meetings. Now that we have looked at meeting preparation in the previous module, we are now going to look in more detail about running the meeting. We'll first look at how to get a meeting started when you have everyone together. Getting a meeting started when everyone is sitting around and chatting can be difficult, so we'll help you with some tips and examples for getting everyone's attention. Then we'll look in more detail at facilitation of meetings. We'll look at what the role of the facilitator is and what they are expected to do. Next we'll look at the different types of questions that you can ask, and different questioning techniques to help get the most out of the meeting collaborators. Then we'll look at listening skills in more detail. As well as facilitating a meeting and asking questions, it is important to be able to properly listen to what people are saying. By listening I don't just mean hearing what they are saying, we are looking at actually listening and comprehending what they are saying. Next we'll look at how to deal with different types of people in a meeting. You will always have different personality types in a meeting like people who are more reserved, overly talkative, or overly disagreeable. Each of these types of people needs to be treated differently, and we'll look at this in more detail. We'll then look at some tips for handling disorder in a meeting. Meetings don't always go the way you want them to, so it's necessary to be able to handle some disorder. We'll then finish this module by looking at taking minutes. We'll look at what meeting minutes are, and get some tips for those who are taking the minutes. Let's start this module off by looking at how you get a meeting started.