How to Know Why You're Meeting & What You'll Get

Introductory Course on Core Competency 1: Know the purpose and desired outcomes for every meeting.

A Meeting Skills Mini Course

Level: Essential Skill

  • Why do we need this meeting?
  • Why is it more important than the other 900 million tasks on our list?
  • What are we going to get from this meeting that's worth the time we're investing?

The answers to these questions should be obvious to everyone involved, but all too often, they're not.

When you aren't crystal clear about why you're meeting and what that meeting will get you, you're wasting someone's time. Probably many people's time.

Core Competency 1: Know the meetings purpose and desired outcome.

Whether you're leading the meeting, participating in someone else's meeting, or simply thinking about setting up meetings in the future, success starts with understanding why you're meeting and what you'll get at the end.

In fact, without knowing why your meeting (the meeting's purpose) and what you'll get (the desired outcome), it's impossible to design a high-performance meeting.

Business leaders, managers, sales people, board and committee members - the only way to ensure you walk out of your high-stakes conversations with the results you need is to have a plan before you walk in.

Don't Guess! Know.

Your plan for meeting success starts here.

While there are many reasons groups choose to meet, the most successful meetings are those that stay focused on achieving one or two key goals at a time. Over more than a decade of research into how high-performing teams meet, we've learned that there are 16 types of meetings that work - each of which is held for a different reason and delivers different value.

In this course, you'll get examples showing you exactly how to pinpoint the driving purpose for your meeting and end meetings with tangible results you and your team can celebrate.


Your Instructor

J. Elise Keith
J. Elise Keith

Lucid Meetings Co-Founder and Resident Meeting Maven
Author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization author of the Ask the Meeting Maven column
Regular contributor and expert commentator on all things business meetings (as seen in BBC News, SHRM Magazine, Industry Week, and the Savvy Dentist podcast)
Speaker, educator, and enthusiastic champion for better meetings everywhere.

Bite-Sized Learning with an Outsized Impact

Inspired by Neo in the Matrix, our mini-courses are designed to:

  • Take less than one hour to complete
  • Teach practical skills you can apply, and
  • Deliver an immediate positive impact on your meetings.

Knowing why you're meeting and what you can get out of that meeting is an Essential Meeting Skill, which means you can use this knowledge to improve every meeting you're in for the rest of your life!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is this the same Core Competency 1 content included in the Essential Skills Course?
Yes. This course is included as one section of the Essential Skills course. If you only want to improve your meetings a little bit, or if you're just not ready to take the longer course yet, this gives you a good place to start.
You'll receive a discount on the price of the full course when you complete this one, should you decide to take your meeting skills to the next level.

Enroll today!