Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers

Wasted meetings mean wasted time and potential. Ensure your meetings are as productive as possible with strategic planning best practices and more.

Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers

Sharlyn Lauby

Wasted meetings mean wasted time and potential. Ensure your meetings are as productive as possible with strategic planning best practices and more.
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ISBN 139781783000821
Paperback250 pages

Book Description

Transform meetings in your organization with these techniques and strategies that will boost productivity and creativity to ensure your meetings always deliver results. In business, time is valuable – never waste it again with ineffective meetings by using these blueprints to optimize the time you spend in the meeting room.

From networking to strategic planning, discover tips to organize and run any type of meeting. Set goals, overcome obstacles, and sustain results to become a manager that understands the true value of meetings.

Take control of your meetings with this vital resource for managers looking to unlock fresh and effective approaches to meetings. Learn how to effectively plan, conduct, and follow up a wide range of meetings and find out how meetings can be used to build more effective relationships, develop new skills, and generate new ideas.

Featuring information on the fundamental aspects of meetings, from organizing roles and responsibilities, planning clear and productive agendas, to strategies for communicating and generating productive conversations with your colleagues, Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers is a reliable guide that will help you focus on getting positive results from your meetings. Whether you are networking, training, discussing performance with an employee even strategizing and brainstorming, this insightful book will transform the way you see meetings, and help you cultivate a more collaborative workplace where conversations are valued as a key to business success.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Meeting Roles, Responsibilities, and Activities
Task and process roles within meetings
Task responsibilities within meetings
Process responsibilities within meetings
Meeting activities
Summary
Chapter 2: Regularly Scheduled Status Updates
Goal of the meeting
Common challenges and how to overcome them
Before the meeting
During the meeting
Using today's technology
After the meeting
5 tips for a better meeting
Summary
Chapter 3: Brainstorming
The goal of brainstorming
Common challenges when brainstorming
Before a brainstorming session
During the brainstorming session
Using improv techniques to improve idea generation
Using power to control the brainstorming environment
Using technology in your brainstorming session
After the brainstorming session
5 tips for better brainstorming
Summary
Chapter 4: Networking Meetings
Networking goals
Types of networking meetings
Common networking challenges and how to overcome them
Before you go to a networking meeting
During the meeting
Connection power–how to get more of it
Technology and networking
After the networking meeting
5 tips for better networking
Summary
Chapter 5: Training Meetings
What is a training meeting?
The goal of a training meeting
Training meeting challenges
Before training occurs
During training
Modern perceptions about power and training
Technology in training
After training occurs
5 tips for better training
Summary
Chapter 6: Employee Performance Conversations
The goal of performance conversations
Common challenges when discussing performance
Before meeting with the employee
During the employee meeting
Using workplace power during the meeting
Technology versus a face-to-face meeting
After the meeting is over
5 tips for better performance conversations
Summary
Chapter 7: Focus Groups
What is a focus group?
Best use of focus groups
Common focus group challenges
Before the focus group
During the focus group
After the focus group
Using today's technology in focus groups
5 tips for better focus groups
Summary
Chapter 8: Pitch Meetings
How to develop a pitch
What's a pitch meeting?
The biggest challenge when pitching an idea
How to create support for your idea
Before the pitch meeting
During a pitch meeting
Take legitimate power seriously
Bringing technology into the meeting
After the pitch
5 tips for better pitch meetings
Summary
Chapter 9: Strategic Planning
Creating a strategy and being strategic aren't the same thing
The business case for strategic planning
Strategic planning meeting benefits
Frequency of strategic planning meetings
Common strategic planning challenges
Before the strategic planning meeting
Step 1 – Formulation
Communicating company mission, vision, and values
Step 2 – Development
Step 3 – Implementation
Power and its impact on strategic planning
Bringing technology to strategic planning
Step 4 – Evaluation
5 tips for better strategic planning
Summary
Chapter 10: Project Meetings
What is a project team?
Roles within a project
The goal of a project meeting
Common project meeting challenges
Before a project meeting
During a project meeting
After a project meeting
Today's project management technology
5 tips for better project meetings
Summary
Chapter 11: The Work Doesn't End When the Meeting is Over
The meeting after the meeting
Gossip after the meeting
Recovering from a bad meeting
Monitoring progress after the meeting
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Steps for designing an effective training meeting
  • Gain buy-in from your colleagues with effective communication and strong ideas
  • Master a four-step process for strategic planning that focuses on specific goals
  • Sustain positive results by successfully following up meetings and implementing decisions
  • Explore how you can use technology to keep meetings engaging and productivity
  • Learn strategies to encourage creative problem solving to make sure your meetings add value to your organization

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Meeting Roles, Responsibilities, and Activities
Task and process roles within meetings
Task responsibilities within meetings
Process responsibilities within meetings
Meeting activities
Summary
Chapter 2: Regularly Scheduled Status Updates
Goal of the meeting
Common challenges and how to overcome them
Before the meeting
During the meeting
Using today's technology
After the meeting
5 tips for a better meeting
Summary
Chapter 3: Brainstorming
The goal of brainstorming
Common challenges when brainstorming
Before a brainstorming session
During the brainstorming session
Using improv techniques to improve idea generation
Using power to control the brainstorming environment
Using technology in your brainstorming session
After the brainstorming session
5 tips for better brainstorming
Summary
Chapter 4: Networking Meetings
Networking goals
Types of networking meetings
Common networking challenges and how to overcome them
Before you go to a networking meeting
During the meeting
Connection power–how to get more of it
Technology and networking
After the networking meeting
5 tips for better networking
Summary
Chapter 5: Training Meetings
What is a training meeting?
The goal of a training meeting
Training meeting challenges
Before training occurs
During training
Modern perceptions about power and training
Technology in training
After training occurs
5 tips for better training
Summary
Chapter 6: Employee Performance Conversations
The goal of performance conversations
Common challenges when discussing performance
Before meeting with the employee
During the employee meeting
Using workplace power during the meeting
Technology versus a face-to-face meeting
After the meeting is over
5 tips for better performance conversations
Summary
Chapter 7: Focus Groups
What is a focus group?
Best use of focus groups
Common focus group challenges
Before the focus group
During the focus group
After the focus group
Using today's technology in focus groups
5 tips for better focus groups
Summary
Chapter 8: Pitch Meetings
How to develop a pitch
What's a pitch meeting?
The biggest challenge when pitching an idea
How to create support for your idea
Before the pitch meeting
During a pitch meeting
Take legitimate power seriously
Bringing technology into the meeting
After the pitch
5 tips for better pitch meetings
Summary
Chapter 9: Strategic Planning
Creating a strategy and being strategic aren't the same thing
The business case for strategic planning
Strategic planning meeting benefits
Frequency of strategic planning meetings
Common strategic planning challenges
Before the strategic planning meeting
Step 1 – Formulation
Communicating company mission, vision, and values
Step 2 – Development
Step 3 – Implementation
Power and its impact on strategic planning
Bringing technology to strategic planning
Step 4 – Evaluation
5 tips for better strategic planning
Summary
Chapter 10: Project Meetings
What is a project team?
Roles within a project
The goal of a project meeting
Common project meeting challenges
Before a project meeting
During a project meeting
After a project meeting
Today's project management technology
5 tips for better project meetings
Summary
Chapter 11: The Work Doesn't End When the Meeting is Over
The meeting after the meeting
Gossip after the meeting
Recovering from a bad meeting
Monitoring progress after the meeting
Summary

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ISBN 139781783000821
Paperback250 pages
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