Make Meetings Make Sense (Even when You're NOT the Facilitator)

ELEVATOR SPEECH:
“We can’t make decisions or agree on priorities. So, we have the same meeting over and over. Literally, the same meeting.” If that could be said about your workplace, this interactive session is for you. Learn simple strategies and ideas for meetings that matter - those you run or those you attend.

SUMMARY:
Too many bad meetings. That's one of the most common sources of workplace whining. Today, especially in software development and delivery, our work is too complex for one person to make all the decisions or know all the answers. Everyone's contribution is needed. So, we have meetings. And some are a painful mix of frustration and boredom. When we can’t make decisions or agree on priorities, we have the same meeting over and over.

When we're the one hosting the meeting, there are lots of facilitation techniques we can employ to keep the discussion on track, on topic and on time so we can reach good decisions and plan effectively. But what if it's not our meeting? What can we do when we're not in charge?

Join Sue in exploring some simple techniques you can use at your next meeting to make the experience better for you - and for others who attend.

INFO FOR REVIEWERS:
This new talk is inspired by several years of leading the workshop, Facilitation for the Agile Workplace, accredited by ICAgile. Learners often wonder, "What about the meetings where I don't have control?" It draws on communication and facilitation techniques I've used in a long career in business and tech. Sources will include "Mining Group Gold," "Facilitating with Ease," "Liberating Structures," and "Leading Geeks."

It's an interactive session with an element of play - a simple board game with dice and cards.

By the time of TAC, I will have presented this session at PRDC Deliver and will have had an opportunity to tweak it, based on that experience.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

I expect to use the 60 minutes something like this:

5 min - introduce subject and set the stage
12 min - Things to do before the meeting
12 min - Things to do during the meeting
12 min - Things to do after the meeting
9 min - Debrief
5 min - Call to action and wrap up
5 min - Slack for questions and longer than predicted discussion

This session is interactive and is suitable for anyone who goes to meetings.

Learning Outcome

Learning objectives:
1) You are not helpless when you are in a bad meeting and someone else is "in charge."
2) There are things you can do before, during and after a meeting to improve things.
3) You can do these things without appearing rude. We'll practise that.

Target Audience

Anyone who goes to meetings

Prerequisites for Attendees

No preparation is required - except, perhaps, to recall great and not so great moments in their own meeting history.

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