Course duration: 1 day
'More meetings!' Many people see meetings as a waste of time: No clear agenda or objectives, people who dominate, no real actions decided, overrunning time.........sound familiar?? The true cost of meetings to an organisation is usually far higher than staff realise in terms of monetary expense and the drain on time, which is usually a commodity in short supply.
This Chairing Skills Training course is designed to help a chairperson organise the meeting well, and lead it with confidence so that the best outcomes can be achieved in the shortest time.
An opportunity is provided for delegates to practice what they have learned in a safe and supportive environment, and this session, during which individuals can learn from their colleagues, is often reported as one of the most enjoyable and useful parts of the course.
Common challenges. An introductory session looking at the various problems delegates have expereinced when attending meetings themselves, some common pitfalls and how they can be avoided.
Purpose and types of meetings. Being clear on the purpose of the meeting, what the desired outcomes are and how to structure the time allocated, and who to invite to attend as a result. Including the consideration of virtual meetings, the different ways of holding them and the possible benefits and drawbacks.
The Chair's Agenda. The importance of having a well structured agenda and allocating time constraints to each subject to be discussed. Circulating the agenda and any supporting documents well in advance of the meeting. Avoiding 'Any other Business' and encouraging attendees to request inclusion of topics in to the agenda before the meeting takes place; this avoids meeting being 'hijacked' and encourage a timely end to proceedings.
Preparing for the meeting. Ensuring that the meeting room, layout, refreshments, lighting and temperature are all conducive to an effective meeting. The importance of discussing the agenda with the minute taker, how you will communicate with the during the meeting and being clear as to what is expected from them.
Assigning roles and responsibilities including establishing who will assist with the time-keeping and therefore be responsible for providing the chair with reminders if a topic is due to overrun.
Gaining agreement. Many meetings 'fail' because attendees views and understanding of how the meeting would be conducted were not aligned in the first instance and there was a lack of common purpose.
This session provides some practical hints and tips as to how to agree some of the 'ground rules' at the beginning of the meeting. These may include 'talking through the chair', not interrupting others, respecting differing views, remaining calm at all times, not being personal, confidentiality and how time over-runs will be managed by the chair.
Managing the meeting. Using the timed agenda to ensure that the meeting and the discussions remain structured. Considering the use of a 'car park' to put any untimely comments to one side for later consideration. Ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to be heard and promoting broad participation.
Summarising what has been discussed and agreed at strategic points during the meeting, and the effective use of comfort breaks. Understanding your personal leadership style and how others will react accordingly, and chairing the meeting in an assertive, fair and confident manner.
Meeting review. Working with the minute taker to ensure that the minutes are agreed and circulated promptly. reviewing the effectiveness of the meeting and how successful you were as Chairperson, following up, monitoring and reviewing agreed action points.
Anyone who has to lead a meeting and wishes to do so in an organised, effective way with an authoritative manner.
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Course content quite often needs to be modified and adapted to ensure that it is relevant and suitable according to your circumstances, we welcome this and have a wealth of experience designing training and coaching to meet our customer's individual needs.