Effective Meetings

A leader has a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of a meeting. This unit covers the elements of an effective meeting, meeting roles, how to come to an consensus, and how to handle difficult participants.

Meetings can be the lifeblood of an organization or they can be the death of it. We’ve all been at meetings that have bored us to pieces and where nothing useful ever happens. And yet meetings can be the best opportunity to put all of the information on the table and make a decision.

The good news is that you, as a leader, have a tremendous impact on the meetings you run. By preparing well, choosing the best activities for your meeting, getting everyone involved while keeping people on track and handling difficult people, your meetings can be important and productive.

After you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the elements of an effective meeting and look at alternative options to holding meetings
  • Learn about the roles and responsibilities when facilitating meetings
  • Understand the purpose of a meeting agenda and recording meeting minutes
  • Encourage members to participate in meeting discussions
  • Progressively move meetings along to strive to stay on topic and time
  • Guide meeting participants towards reaching a consensus, when possible
  • Manage meeting participants that are opposed to consensus or disrupting meeting objectives
  • Effectively bring closure to meetings
  • Conduct evaluations of meetings
  • Follow up with necessary meeting items