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Lead better meetings

Does your staff hold meetings that are effective, efficient, and energizing? After attending our on-site training—they will.

The Benefits

Make Decisions Quickly

Decision making meetings often don’t end with decisions, just more meetings. Learn how to make decisions together that everyone can get behind.

Keep Meetings On-Track

No matter how clear your roadmap, thanks to unfocused participants, your meeting will always veer off course. Learn how to get them back on course every time.

Make Meetings Brief

Nobody likes long meetings. What if there was to shorten them without compromising productivity? There is, and we’ll teach you how.

The Problem

Why exactly are meetings so ineffective?

Why exactly are meetings so ineffective? For the answer, we’ve evaluated survey data from thousands of organizations (combined with our own proprietary survey results), and have come up with the five most common meetings problems:

 

1. Indecision. Decision making meetings, all too often, fail to end with a decision. It can take three or four or even five meetings to resolve a decision even when it comes to relatively minor matters.

 

2. Disorganization. Even when meetings have a relatively clear objective — which is rare — there is no coherent structure, no orderly and logical progression from one phase of the meeting to the next. As a result, the meeting feels like a free-for-all.

 

3. Derailment. Some meetings begin with promise, but then quickly, the promise fades. One participant, as well-intentioned as he or she might be, begins to steer the discussion away from the meeting objectives, towards what appears, to them, as an important matter. Then, a few others join them. Soon, the meeting has gotten so far away from you it’s impossible to get it back.

 

4. Actionlessness. Your team is at the end of a vigorous discussion, and it feels like your work is done. Everyone, now drained, assumes everyone else knows who is doing what. Of course, they don’t, and the next thing you know, follow up actions go uncompleted, and attendees, with contempt, look back at the meeting as a waste of time.

 

5. Sloppiness. The meeting starts late. There’s no agenda. Participants are unprepared. This meeting, which was convened with the hope of resolving important matters, never had a chance.

 

Do any of these problems ring true for you and your organization? If the answer is yes, we can help.

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The Solution

In Lead Better Meetings, an interactive full-day classroom-style training, renowned organizational expert Al Pittampalli will help your staff address the five dreaded meeting problems and take their meeting leadership to the next level. Here’s the agenda:

Module 1: How To Know Your Meeting’s Purpose

Most meetings lack a clear purpose and the standard meeting advice: “first, know your purpose,” just isn’t helping. The advice misses something important: understanding precisely why we’ve decided to gather people into a room together is surprisingly difficult. In this module, we’ll dig deep into why that is, and learn a framework that will make the process simple (not easy, but simple). Along the way, you’ll learn that many of the meetings you thought were absolutely necessary, weren’t, and that one of the best way to lead better meetings is to call fewer meetings to begin with.

Module 2: How to Hold Decision-Making Meetings that Actually End with Decisions

Consensus is a wonderful thing—when you can get it. The problem is that leaders don’t have a back up plan when they can’t. Whendecision making meetings are organized so that general agreement _has_ to be reached, decisions are guaranteed to be delayed indefinitely. Effective meeting leaders understand how to setup the meeting in a way where decisions are made even when consensus can’t be reached (while still leaving everyone involved with the feeling they’ve been heard). In this module you’ll learn how.

Module 3: How to Organize Meetings Into Three Acts

When it comes to meetings, time management is everything. When you manage the time effectively, people walk away from your meeting feeling it was productive, efficient, and most importantly actionable. That’s because in most meetings, by the time we get around to discussing follow up actions, time is up and participants, ready to leave, have already began packing up their things. In our 3-act structure — a simple method for organizing your meeting, so simple you can do it on the back of a napkin — the 3rd act always revolves around action. Once you learn the 3-act method, you’ll be a time management master.

Module 4: How to Keep Your Meeting on Track

A facilitator must maintain a difficult balance: keep participants engaged and encourage their contributions, without letting them take the meeting off course. How do you shut down a participant without coming off as overbearing and rude? Effective meeting leaders have a set of facilitation tools that allows them ones to steer the participant back on course decisively, yet politely. In this module, you’ll learn those tools.

What Makes LBM So Different

Most meeting training programs teach you primarily how to facilitate meetings. Facilitation is important, and we teach it too, but many meeting problems are sowed before the meeting even begins. The culprit: the leader doesn’t know precisely why they’re holding the meeting to begin with. By focusing intensely on teaching leaders how to define and articulate their meetings purpose, we’re able to help them lead exceptionally better meetings.

About the Trainer

Al Pittampalli

Al Pittampalli frequently helps groups like NASA, Starbucks, Kaiser Permanente, Allstate, and more improve the quality of their meetings. His first book, Read This Before Our Next Meeting, out in over 100,000 copies (in five different languages) is one of the most popular meeting guides of the last decade. Al is a writer for Harvard Business Review and has been featured in NPR, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. He is also the author of Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World (Harper Business 2016) which was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as a book-of-the month.

What People Are Saying

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The people that lead the meetings at our highest executive level are changing the way they use their face to face time because of what they learned.”

- Brent Trickett, National Coaching Director, Power to Change

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[Al’s] fresh take on the skills needed to successful in a modern office community are invaluable. He presents his ideas with style, grace, and good humor. His content is excellent and very helpful. A true new voice in providing workplace/work life improvements.”

- Kate Klugston, Google

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Random participants have even sought me out to brag about broken meetings they’ve opted out of… the benefits of the training are only beginning to be realized.”

- KC Procter, Location Master at Starbucks

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Changing the manner we meet … Al caused us to rethink the purpose of our meetings.”

- Larry N. Sweet, NASA, Johnson Space Center Chief Information Officer

Contact Us

To inquire about bringing Lead Better Meetings to your organization fill out the contact form below, e-mail us directly at info@modernmeetingstandard.com.

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