Essential Skills for Effective Meetings
Confidently lead efficient, engaging, and successful meetings that people want to attend.
A Meeting Skills Course
Level: Essential Skill for a Digital Workplace
PDUs: Leadership - 4
- Have you ever tried to improve your meetings, only to become overwhelmed by all the rules the experts say you need to follow?
- Do you know you need meetings to get work done, but you aren't certain how many, how often, or what kind?
Great Meetings Create a Competitive Advantage
What do high-performing organizations like Amazon, Zingerman’s (a collective of gourmet food companies), Bridgewater Associates (an investment management firm), and the Opposing Force group at the U.S. Army’s National Training Center have in common? They don’t waste a lot of time in meetings.
Does this mean that they don’t meet? Not at all! Instead, everyone in these organizations learns the skills required to run successful meetings that engage people and drive forward momentum.
But what if you don't work in a world-class organization that teaches these skills? Are you doomed to a career full of mediocre meetings?
Distilling insights from business, cognitive and behavioral psychology, innovation studies, and 10 years working with thousands of organizations to improve their meetings, this course brings these essential meeting skills to everyone.
What You'll Learn
This course covers the 6 Core Competencies; meeting skills every meeting leader and participant should know.
Delivered in bite-sized pieces, you can learn these skills in any order.
Need to take notes for a meeting tomorrow? Jump to a quick note-taking lesson and you're ready to go. Trying to figure out how to put together an agenda for your planning session? Grab the meeting agenda worksheet to get your answer fast.
Altogether, this course includes:
- Over 3 hours of engaging video instruction
- Quizzes to test your knowledge
- 139 pages of PDF reference guides you can print out and bring to your meetings
- Downloadable worksheets for assessing your current meetings, planning future meetings, and capturing professional meeting records
- and more!
You'll also gain access to the online Meeting School Community, where you can talk with Meeting School instructors and other students in real time.
Elise has created the “mother of online courses” about meetings. This course is THE place to go for everyone that is interested in learning about effective meetings.
Elise has set the teaching standard for engaging online learning on how to have productive meetings. Somehow she manages to be very pedagogical and at the same time captivating, fascinating and even entertaining. Everything you will learn in this course–the six core competencies, the complete and extremely helpful materials and guides–will set you up for success in leading engaging and effective meetings.
- David Román, Co-Founder, Soluciones en Facilitación
Lucid Meetings Co-Founder and Resident Meeting Maven
Author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization
Inc.com 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.
Master the Work in Meetings
Part 2 of Where the Action Is explains the essential skills taught to all employees in high-performing organizations. This course will teach you and your team each skill through short, engaging videos, rich workbooks, and easy-to-use worksheets that make it easy to put your new skills into practice.
Of all of the books I've read on meetings, this is the best by far. Great book - don't hesitate on purchasing it. - C. Vaughn
The writing is clear, and the chapters are clearly organized to make it easy to go from "Why does everyone say they hate meetings?" to finding value in the meetings we do have. - D. Slater
Anyone who has to facilitate any kind of meeting at work needs this book on their desk permanently. It’s a kindness to your fellow employees! - A. Webster
Read the book? Now learn the skills!
Get Reimbursed By Your Employer
Need help making the case to your employer? Download this email template and use it to request reimbursement. Most organizations will reimburse tuition for professional development.