Make Meetings Effective


For any working professional, meetings are probably one of their biggest complaints – along with report writing. Even a simple one-hour team meeting that is poorly planned could cost a company one or two working days in lost productivity and leave a negative taste with staff.

However, when done well with objectives, outcomes and a structured plan that is properly managed and facilitated, a meeting or workshop can be one of the most productive tools a business can have at its disposal. Giving the chance for multiple points of view, experience but all coming together for an understood and known purpose.

Our course will explore how to reduce time wasting, give meetings purpose and focus through planning and leading techniques that will engage attendees and leave a lasting impression.

In all our business courses, you get access to around six hours of e-learning that you can watch, listen and read. There are usually 100 questions and at the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion that you can use against any personal or professional development requirements. As well as the course, you also receive a FREE e-book that you can read on your Kindle or other e-reader. You also get a FREE audiobook of the course so you can listen to the whole course uninterrupted on your device.


Module 1: Introduction

  • Overview
  • Learning objectives
  • Learning outcomes
  • Case Study

Module Two: Planning and Preparing (I) 

  • Identifying the Participants
  • Choosing the Time and Place
  • Creating the Agenda
  • Case Study

Module Three: Planning and Preparing (II)

  • Gathering Materials
  • Sending Invitations
  • Making Logistical Arrangements
  • Case Study

Module Four: Setting up the Meeting Space

  • The Basic Essentials
  • The Extra Touches
  • Choosing a Physical Arrangement
  • Case Study

Module Five: Electronic Options

  • Overview of Choices Available
  • Things to Consider
  • Making a Final Decision
  • Case Study

Module Six: Meeting Roles and Responsibilities

  • The Chairperson
  • The Minute Taker
  • The Attendees
  • Variations for Large and Small Meetings
  • Case Study

Module Seven: Chairing a Meeting (I)

  • Getting Off on the Right Foot
  • The Role of the Agenda
  • Using a Parking Lot
  • Case Study

Module Eight: Chairing a Meeting (II)

  • Keeping the Meeting on Track
  • Dealing with Overtime
  • Holding Participants Accountable
  • Case Study

Module Nine: Dealing with Disruptions

  • Running in and Out
  • Cell Phone and PDA”s Ringing
  • Off on a Tangent
  • Personality Conflict
  • Case Study

Module Ten: Taking Minutes

  • What are Minutes?
  • What do I Record?
  • A Take-Home Template
  • Case Study

Module Eleven: Making the Most of Your Meeting

  • The 50 Minute Meeting
  • Using Games
  • Giving Prizes
  • Stuffed Magic
  • Case Study

Module 12: Closing Thoughts

  • Words from the wise
  • Recap
  • Further Reading

Topics covered

Throughout this course, you will gain knowledge on key areas such as

  • Planning the perfect meeting based on different requirements
  • Creating an effective agenda
  • The key players involved in good meetings
  • Agendas
  • Chairing an effective meeting
  • Taking minutes

What You'll Learn

By the end of this course, you will understand how to:

  • Plan and organise memorable meetings
  • Chair and host meetings that make a difference to your organisation
  • Develop a great reputation as a doer in your business

Who It's for?

This course is for anyone who feels the need or has to organise meetings, whether for small teams on a regular basis or workshops on a larger scale.

Prior knowledge

You have only to have sat in bad meetings to have a frame of reference. As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation or become and entrepreneur, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision.

Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


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