Plan and Conduct Effective Meetings: 24 Steps to Generate Meaningful Results

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August 15, 2007


Paperback, 64 pages

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0071498311 / 9780071498319


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In business, meetings are necessary but not always efficient. But by using the principles in Plan and Conduct Effective Meetings, you'll discover 24 easy-to-implement techniques geared to make your meetings more productive than ever before.

This step-by-step guide goes straight to the heart of meeting planning and facilitating, explaining why meetings go wrong and what to do about it. You'll learn to conduct meetings that stay sharply focused; turn participants into valuable contributors; and make decisions that result in actionable tasks. This guide also discusses video- and teleconferencing, so you can use those powerful technologies to your advantage, too. Plus, you'll:

  • Discover how preparation can guarantee meeting success
  • Learn to begin each meeting with a purpose and end with an accomplishment
  • Understand each participant's role, to increase productivity
  • Discover how to deal with problems during meetings

    Table of contents

    Introduction: Make meetings effective

    01 Use meetings smarterAccept mediocrity

    02 Decide—to meet or notDon’t think, just meet

    03 Set goals, choose meansGather, gavel, and go

    04 Decide how to decideFlip a coin

    05 Schedule Stay free and loose

    06 Pick and prepareInvite everybody

    07 Set the sceneSchedule and go

    08 Assign rolesDo it all yourself

    09 Start rightJump into the agenda

    10 Agree on ground rules Forgo rules

    11 Conduct the meetingGo with the flow

    12 Inform and discussDecide quickly and act

    13 Direct trafficChoose: control or chaos

    14 Work with styles Treat people all the same

    15 Get a decisionTalk the issue to death

    16 Close the meetingStop and go

    17 EvaluateBe glad it’s over

    18 Provide minutesTrust memories and mouths

    19 Work and improveSchedule and wait

    20 Identify causesReady, fire, aim

    21 Get lots of ideasGo with the first idea

    22 Evaluate optionsFlip a coin

    23 Decide and planPick an option and do it

    24 Meet virtuallyMeet same time, same place

    Author comments

    Barbara J. Streibel, Ph.D., is a consultant and manager of intellectual capital development at Oriel, Inc., where she is the lead developer of a number of highly regarded management training programs.

Copyright 2014 McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, LLC


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