Meeting Coach

Meeting Coach

to leaders

Workshops & Webinars

Workshops & Webinars

on solving meeting problems

Design & Facilitation

Design & Facilitation

of any size meeting

Tools for Achieving Results in Face-to-Face and Virtual Meetings

Leading Great MeetingsLeading Great Meetings: How to Structure Yours for Success, helps leaders use structure to improve the effectiveness of their meetings. It lays out 12 choices and 32 tools to plan and conduct a wide range of sessions from team meetings to board meetings. You can select from the choices and tools the ones relevant to your situation. One chapter is dedicated to structures for better virtual meetings. There also are stories, examples, even “blueprints,” so you can see how a structural approach works in action.

  • Rick’s experience and creativity in designing a series of community discussions were instrumental in our eventual success…. His ability to listen to the needs of this disparate group and to engage residents who were formerly entrenched in their thinking gave me hope that municipalities can use business models and creative strategies to move forward.
    Nonprofit Executive
  • The real miracle of Rick’s work lies … in his ability to engage people within an organization with each other in ways that allow them to identify and solve their own complex problems in a collaborative manner.
    Professional Services Executive
  • Rick is professional, reliable and has extraordinary technical knowledge of meeting design and organizational development. Many of Rick’s tips and tools to create engaging meetings have become standard practice for me. He has helped me become a more skillful manager. Rick’s bias toward driving change through authentic conversations have helped me stay focused and generate results.
    NGO Executive
  • We had the best working meeting ever last evening! … Our organization has grown and benefited since working with Rick.
    President, Professional Association
  • Mr. Lent was not only interesting but he had some great real life/real time examples of how to improve communication. It was a mix of psychology and communication techniques that made sense.
    Nonprofit Executive
  • Real goals and steps came out to help the Board focus on future endeavors. Short term goals and next steps identified through excellent small group discussions.
    Nonprofit Board Executive


Some meetings have participants who dominate discussion. They speak first or forcefully and “hijack” the direction…

Agendas are a key to the success of any meeting. But only if they are…

Does this sound familiar? You are in a meeting where the discussion seems to be…


  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • World Food Program
  • WK Kellogg Foundation
  • HP Hood
  • ArchstoneSmith
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Microsoft
  • Unitarian Universalist Association
  • Various regional nonprofits, civic and religious organizations

What’s Happening…

Rick has a number of new videos featuring explanations and stories of improving meeting structures for better results. Take a look at some of the following. Hope they are helpful!

A Secret to Leading Great Meetings

Using Presentations to Serve the Work of Your Meeting

Building Better Decisions in the Meetings You Lead

Leading Difficult Discussions

Leading Great Board Meetings