10 Science-Backed Rules for Meaningful Meetings
A Crash Course in the Science and Practice of Great Meetings and Business Communications
"I liked everything about the course! As a result of attending this course, I gained new resources, access to amazing thinkers and practitioners in this area, and the course allowed me to create a valuable community of practice network.
Each module was engaging, easy to follow, and let me learn on my own time. Now, I'm more thoughtful about the design and purpose of my meetings, and more confident about choosing the right tools to support the purpose of any meeting I design."
- Sue Mitten, Learning and Development Advisor, University of Regina
You can find a lot of advice about meetings, but what really works?
For decades, researchers have been asking this question, running experiments, capturing observations, and digging into what it takes to make a meeting both more productive and more enjoyable.
Today, we can answer that question.
Discover the meeting practices scientifically proven to increase your meeting success.
In November 2019, a team of meeting researchers from York University, University of Utah, and Stanford worked with business leaders from Logitech and the human performance experts at Liminal Collective to comb through more than 400 research studies about meetings.
Their goal: to identify the top ten evidence-based rules leaders could follow to lead better meetings.
Their results? Evidence shows that teams with the best meetings:
- Experiment with meetings.
- Define meetings.
- Use technology.
- Avoid drift.
- Build larger teams for some meetings
- Embrace diversity.
- Build commitment to the meeting process.
- Plan the design of meetings.
- Use leadership to enhance performance.
- Plan for creativity and capture these outcomes.
Read the published paper here:
Lortie, C. J., Allen, J. A., Darling, H., Walshe, A., Abrahams, M., & Wharton, S. (2019, November 15). Ten simple rules for meaningful meetings.
Simple rules. But how do you follow them?
In this course, Joseph Allen, PhD and Elise Keith dive into the research behind these rules. Then, they share the stories and practices of teams who've successfully built these rules into their everyday meeting practice.
Tips and Takeaways You Can Use.
"I would recommend this course to ANYONE who leads a meeting. The course not only provides science-backed principles, but also many pragmatic tips. This course can help you convert your most frequent organizational activity (meetings) into a money-saver."
- Mark Kilby, author of "From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams"
Joseph Allen, PhD
Meeting Innovation Center Director, University of Utah
Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., is a Professor of Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology. His research focuses on three major areas of inquiry including workplace meetings, organizational community engagement, and occupational safety and health. He's published over 100 publications in academic outlets, presented 250+ papers/posters at regional and national conferences, and given more than 100 industry presentations on his work. In addition to his highly-sought after research expertise, Dr. Allen provides private consulting to both public and private organizations. He's worked with over 400 organizations, giving him deep insight into how is research applies to the working world.
Dr. Allen was a lead editor for the weighty Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science and a key contributor in the project to define the "10 Simple Rules."
In this course, Dr. Allen shares the research that backs each of the ten rules, and stories from his vast consulting experience that illustrate the power of each rule in practice.
J. Elise Keith
Lucid Meetings CEO
J. Elise Keith is the founder and CEO of Lucid Meetings, the author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization, and regular contributor for Inc. and other media outlets.
Lucid Meetings conducts original research into effective meeting practices and provides meeting culture diagnostics, meeting education, software, and resources that help thousands of organizations worldwide implement a system of successful meetings.
Elise's research is referenced by the original "10 Simple Rules" paper, reflecting just one of the ways the Lucid Meetings team works in collaboration with the research community. That said, Lucid operates primarily as a business working to connect clients with the most successful meeting practices for their unique situation.
In this course, Elise shares stories about teams that have put these rules into practice and her top tips for applying these rules in your own meetings.
Bonus! Join Leading Researchers, High-Performance Experts,
and Business Leaders Live
StartThe Science: Why you need experiments. (3:34)
StartIn Practice: How Zapier Experiments with Team Meetings (3:46)
StartTop Tips for Running Useful Experiments (5:37)
StartDiscuss: Experiments with Your Meetings
StartOctober 22, 2020: Deep dive with Dr. Chris Lortie, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (59:28)
StartAccess to Live Support and More
StartThe Science: Meetings that increase employee engagement. (2:58)
StartIn Practice: How Crisp Meeting Definitions Transformed a Software Team (4:34)
StartTop Tips for Defining Meetings (5:53)
StartDiscuss: What a Well-Defined Meeting Looks Like to You
StartNovember 5, 2020: Deep Dive with Michael Wilkinson, Certified Master Facilitator and CEO of Leadership Strategies (89:58)