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Course Title: Planning and Leading Productive Meetings
Author: Jeffery M. Davis
Provider: American Management Association
Price: $79.95
CEU Credits: 2
Level: Fundamental
Field Of Study: N/A
Prerequisites: None
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Poor meetings cause...Bad decision-making, lack of employee buy-in, and conflict. Avoid the pitfalls poor meetings can cause with Planning and Leading Productive Meetings.

Planning and Leading Productive Meetings focuses on the organizational and interpersonal skills you will need to lead highly productive meetings. You will see how these skills apply to routine staff meetings, cross-functional or problem-solving meetings, impromptu get-togethers, and more formal information sharing.

Despite new ways of working and virtual ways of communicating, the traditional meeting continues to dominate the workplace. Planning and Leading Productive Meetings addresses the meeting challenges of this new work environment, and offers both leaders and participants an abundance of tools and techniques to transform their meetings into valuable and productive work.

You'll learn how to assess the quality of meetings in your organization so you can understand their true cost. The benefits of successful meetings are better decision-making, broader buy-in, and clear conflict and problem resolution. In short, more effective meetings make your organization more productive!

This course gives substantial attention to the key role of the meeting leader, offering practical guidance on how to develop the proper mindset, manage the process, and use the best decision-making tools and facilitation skills. It also covers in full detail the dynamic issues of planning, conducting, follow-up, and meeting evaluation, with special attention paid to group dynamics and the effective use of media tools.

Topics Covered:

  • What Meetings Can Accomplish
  • Staff Meetings, Project Teams, Cross-Departmental Meetings, Problem-Solving Meetings, Information Sharing, Combination Meetings, and Impromptu Meetings
  • Meeting Challenges for the 21st Century
  • What Is the Quality of Meetings in Your Organization?
  • The True Cost of Meetings
  • An Expensive Resource
  • How to Decide if a Meeting is Necessary
  • Preparing to Be the Meeting Leader
  • Preparing for a Meeting
  • Conducting the Meeting
  • Effective Decision-Making in Meetings
  • Guidelines for Gaining Consensus
  • Facilitation Skills Every Meeting Leader Must Have
  • How to Handle a Challenging Group
  • Meeting Follow-Up and Action Planning
  • Effective Uses of Media

About the Author:

Jeffery H. Davis is the founder and owner of Organization Renewal Associates, a consulting and training company in Littleton, Massachusetts that specializes in improving workplace communication, coaching and teamwork, and other means of achieving organizational effectiveness. He is also affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Donahue Institute, serving state government and other public sector organizations with state-of-the-art training and consulting.

Course Objective:

To learn the organizational and interpersonal skills needed to lead all types of meetings productively.

About This Course:

Planning and Leading Productive Meetings will help managers and leaders at all levels develop successful strategies to run meetings that work–at work. This new self-study course focuses on the organizational and interpersonal skills you will need to lead really productive meetings. You will see how these skills apply across a wide range of meetings, from routine staff gatherings to crossfunctional or problem-solving meetings, impromptu get-togethers, or more formal information sharing. The course will teach you how to assess the quality of meetings in your own organization so you can move on to understand their true cost and realize the benefits of successful meetings in better decision making, broader buy-in, and clearer conflict and problem resolution.

This course gives substantial attention to the key role of the meeting leader and offers practical guidance on how to develop the proper mind-set, manage the process, and utilize the most appropriate decision-making tools and facilitation skills. It also covers in full detail the dynamic issues of planning, conducting, following up, and evaluating meetings, with special attention paid to group dynamics and the effective use of media tools.

Despite new ways of working and virtual ways of communicating, the traditional meeting continues to dominate the workplace. Planning and Leading Productive Meetings addresses the meeting challenges of this new work environment and offers both leaders and participants an abundance of tools and techniques to transform their meetings into valuable and productive work.

Jeffery H. Davis is the founder and owner of Organization Renewal Associates, a consulting and training company in Littleton, Massachusetts, that specializes in improving workplace communication, coaching and teamwork, and other means of achieving organizational effectiveness. He is also affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Donahue Institute, serving state government and other public sector organizations with state-of-the-art training and consulting.

Davis also has authored Managing and Achieving Organizational Goals, Coaching for Top Performance, Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace, How to Develop Listening Skills in the Workplace, and Developing Efficient Reading Skills in the Workplace for the American Management Association. He is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and a member of the American Society of Training and Development. Mr. Davis received his master's degree in education in management from Cambridge College. He lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, with his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Emily and Susan.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The publisher would like to thank the following people for their review of the manuscript of this course:

  • Charlie Hawkins, MBA, speaker, facilitator, and author, Seahawk Associates, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, and Sedona, Arizona

  • Jim Dezieck, organization development consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts




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