Holding Effective Meetings

Most people know that poorly run meetings are a waste of time and money to an organisation, but most have no idea of what bad meetings REALLY cost the company - and not just financially!

Turgid business meetings are said to cost the UK £8bn a year. Everyone has to go to them, so why must they be so awful? By the time the typical business presentation drones to an end the interest levels of the average listener will have curled up far faster than the crusts left for the cleaners. The glazed expressions elicited by this army of Power Point-crazed middle managers costs the country about £8bn a year in wasted time, a study suggests” BBC News

Why then, if there must be meetings, are they so often hugely ineffective?

Always begin by questioning do we ‘need’ a meeting? Technology today provides us with many alternatives to traditional face-to-face meetings. This session is focused on ensuring you’ve arrived at the right reasons for raising a meeting and the investment of time and resource for your meeting is valuable and productive for everyone involved.



– Creating a powerful agenda
– How to lead the discussion
– Using analogies and showmanship to grab the attention
– Keeping the right pace and remaining positive
– Encouraging active participation for engagement and cooperation
– Avoiding conflict and handling difficult people
– Summarising the discussion and the recommendations
– Keeping meetings on track – ensuring only ‘one meeting’
– Speaking strongly and credibly using facts not opinions
– Using the effective meeting scorecard
– Holding participants to the finish time of the meeting
– How to avoid over-running
– Arranging the agenda in order of importance
– How to close, call to action with accountability


Participants will learn the practical techniques and tools to prioritise important topics, keep meetings on track, avoid time wasting, ‘off agenda’ conversations, handling difficult or negative people, gaining cooperation, creating engagement and closing to inspire action and accountability.