Here are five documents you can download to help you work with your meetings:
Six Tools for More Effective Meetings
Introduces a few of the most important tools for improving the conduct of many meetings. This paper may be a useful reference and you may want to share it with others to help them understand a different way to build more effective meetings.
Meeting Culture Survey
Designed as a way to engage your group in looking at the current state of your meetings and identify possible improvements. You can complete the survey yourself. Working from your own responses, you can focus on the accompanying notes and suggestions to make improvements. You may also want to give the survey to others to complete as the basis for a group discussion about changing typical practices. This is an excerpt from Leading Great Meetings which contains more ideas on how to go about changing the meetings in your organization.
Productive Meeting Evaluation
Presents a process for gathering and working with feedback from meeting participants. This tool can be used on its own any time you want a balanced review of what is working and what can be better in the meetings you hold with some group.
Choices and Tools for Effective Meeting Structure
There are 12 basic structural choices you can consider in planning and running a meeting. Various meeting tools are designed to help you implement these choices. These tools provide activities, processes, or guidance to establish a specific structure. See Leading Great Meetings for more information and directions.
Consensus is one of the most desirable approaches to reaching decisions with a group. Groups often find it difficult to achieve and many discussions result in a false consensus. Consensus Guidelines help you achieve this type of decision.
Leading Great Meetings: How to Structure Yours for Success
This book is the main resource to help you run better meetings. In it you will find a full explanation of the various choices and tools for structuring more effective face-to-face and virtual meetings. There are also meeting blueprints showing how some common meetings, like staff and problem-solving meetings, can be structured using the book’s recommendations. There’s also a chapter on how to work with various problem situations. Purchase
Leading Difficult Discussions
You can choose a structure to make difficult discussions easier and more effective. Here’s how.
Building Better Decisions in the Meetings You Lead
There are 5 ways to reach a decision with a group. Choose the best one for your situation.
A Secret to Leading Great Meetings
Meeting behavior is shaped by its structure. Choose a structure that supports effective participation.
Using Presentations to Serve the Work of Your Meeting
How you use presentations will affect participation and engagement. Here’s how to use them well.