Effective Meetings

1 day

“Exceeded my expectations, very good course could easily have been over two days. Excellent content, pace and facilitator.” Tracy, Fairbridge

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Become the Master of Effective Meetings

Have you ever attended a meeting you felt wasted your valuable time? 
Do you want to run great meetings?Then read on. 
If you have to organise, run or attend meetings, then this is the one for you.
Discover how to: 
  • Set inspirational, relevant and challenging agendas
  • Invite the very best people so as to get results,
  • Start on time
  • Maintain high levels of involvement, 
  • Stay on track
  • Agree action plans, 
  • Assign tasks and milestones, 
  • Get results, And be known as The Master of Effective Meetings.

    Bury, Manchester
               Duration: 1 day

This course covers the planning of a meeting; roles and behaviours during a meeting; recordings and minute taking and the action planning and follow up of the meeting. Meetings should be creative, dynamic, results driven, inspiring, motivating and enjoyable.  If your meetings are not like this, then this course will help turn that around.

Pre course information

Delegates should bring 3 copies of an agenda and minutes of a recent meeting they have been involved in that can be shared amongst the group.  Please block out any personal or company sensitive information you do not want to show. 
Meetings should be creative, dynamic, results driven, inspiring, motivating and enjoyable.  If your meetings are not like this, then this course will help turn that around.
  • What makes a bad meeting?
  • Understanding the 4 main purposes of meetings
  • What are the skills of an effective Chairperson?
  • What is the role of the Chairperson in a meeting?
  • What is their relationship to other roles in a meeting?
  • Attitudes to meetings
  • Contributing effectively
  • Creating and managing the agenda – establishing good practice
  • The life cycle of an agenda item
  • Ensuring actions result from every agenda item
  • Handling difficult behaviour in meetings
  • Managing the group dynamics and enabling participation
  • Appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in meetings
  • Creating effective minutes
  • Scheduling the meeting process.
Trainer profile: Melanie Windle

Melanie Windle is an experienced and creative personal development trainer and group facilitator whose methods and style of delivery empower individuals and groups to realise their potential. Melanie has been involved in developing people for over 25 years. Her specialist areas of training are the personal development skills required for managing ourselves, managing others or being managed. She works extensively across all three sectors – public, private and not-for-profit – both nationally and internationally

Why not join us on the next course and book your place now?


"It Worked for me"
Don't just take our word for it, these are quotes from previous delegates:

‘Excellent course – opened my eyes to how meetings should be planned, recorded and reviewed.’  Alex Miller, We Are Creation.

"Today’s training has made me realise the real worth and weight behind the statement “Failure to Prepare is Preparing to Fail” Also taken away some good key skills to enable myself to be a better chairperson.  Thank you Melanie.’  Dawn Hamilton-Fishwick, FP Mailing.

 ‘Very useful course. Melanie demonstrated just how simple features such as body language and setting an agenda can make a meeting effective or not.  I will leave the course taking key skills with me to ensure productive and successful meetings.’ Michelle Ionn, Wurth Electronics.

 ‘Great day, thanks, learnt a lot, Melanie was a good role model!’  Carol Mitchell, Skills for Care.

 ‘Very useful  training course.  My view on meetings has completely changed.  I think I will be more comfortable moving forward in future meetings I chair.’  Chris Croly, FP Mailing.

 ‘Very informative.  Provided lots of practical ways in which I can develop processes within my school.  This will aid my development of senior leadership team, governing body members and all staff across the school.’  Paul Burgess, Head of Dunston Primary and Nursery School.

‘Very enjoyable.  Lots of great ideas to help in future to create effective and enjoyable meetings.’ Angela Cropper, Systems Power.

 ‘Interesting content and useful advice on issues relating to ensuring meetings are more productive and worthwhile.  Good course which has helped me - many thanks.’ Colin Phillips, Herma

 'Another fantastic course I thoroughly enjoyed.  This training is so relevant and real life if you will. Again I have taken away quality action points to implement and improve my team.’  Vinny Hanson, The Mailing Room.

 ‘Yet another good course with good content that can be used in everyday situations.  Clear and well delivered. Thanks.’  Lee Gansler, Buckhurst Plant Hire.

 Effective Meetings From an in-house course for Smith Young Partnership, Meadowhall, Sheffield.

 ‘Melanie was very approachable and made us look at different ways of meetings in the workplace. The activities were useful and didn’t put pressure on people. A really effective course and many points to take away!’ Lauren Callaghan.

 ‘Extremely useful, interesting ideas/tactics to use in the future.’ Adam Nield.

 ‘Very useful for learning how to consider meetings from a chair person perspective and how to get the most from the role.  Very good to learn of how agendas and minutes should be properly organised.’  Rob Kos.

 ‘It makes you think and analyse your own weaknesses.  Extremely beneficial.  Well worth doing!  I would strongly recommend this course to anyone of all ages and experience to undertake.’  Ben Hill.

 ‘Overall an interesting and helpful day. I found the practical games and scenarios very useful to demonstrate weaknesses and areas that could be improved.’  Charles Newman.