Essential Skills for Effective Meetings

Confidently lead efficient, engaging, and successful meetings that people want to attend.

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Learn to design and run effective everyday meetings that get work done and keep teams engaged.

This foundational course is appropriate for anyone responsible for meeting success, including business and team leaders scheduling and leading everyday workplace meetings, and professionals seeking to improve their ability to participate effectively in meetings.

Many companies require all new managers take this course. Students who implement these lessons eliminated wasted time in unproductive meetings.

Designed for busy, full-time professionals, you can complete this course in an afternoon or during 10-minute breaks over the course of several weeks.

Course Details

LENGTH:3 hours
  1. 139 pages of supplmental workbooks and how-to guides for every skill.
  2. A library of templates for creating agendas and capturing meeting notes
  3. Active discussion forums where students share ideas about how each skill works in their meetings.
  4. PDUs: Leadership - 4

A Meeting Skills Course

  • 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?

Not anymore!

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.

Course Contents

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

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.

Course Curriculum

  Core Competency 6: Publish meeting records where everyone can find them.
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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!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This 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.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Will I be able to ask questions or talk with the instructor?
Yes! Even better than that, everyone who enrolls in a Meeting School course gets access to the Meeting School online community. There you can chat with instructors and other students. This is also where we'll announce special community-only live events.
Can I earn PMI PDUs when I take this course?
Yes. This course teaches skills that fall within the Leadership Education part of the PMI(TM) Talent Triangle. Completing this course will earn 4 PDUs. Learn more here.

Ahora disponible en español!

Y ahora puedes hacer en español nuestro curso online de "Essential Skills for Effective Meetings". Nuestros colegas de Soluciones en Facilitación lo han traducido y editado para ti y está disponible bajo el título de "Habilidades esenciales para reuniones efectivas" en su Escuela de Liderazgo de Reuniones, donde podrás encontrar también otros cursos sobre cómo tener reuniones efectivas.

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