Make Meetings Matter

Articles by Charlie Hawkins

Make Meetings Matter Articles

Make Meetings Matter - book by Charlie Hawkins

This is a collection of articles on topics related to Make Meetings Matter. Some are taken directly from the book and others are articles previously published by Charlie Hawkins.

No advance permission from us is required to re-publish these articles. There is no charge for their use; however, we require that you include the author's name, bio and web address in the article. If the article is included on another website, also include an active link to or or another page within one of those two websites.

Meeting Facilitation Tips
Using a facilitator is a good way to keep a meeting focused and productive, and to prevent many problems such as drifting from the agenda and running overtime.

Effective Meetings Through Focus, Facilitation, Fellowship and Feedback
To rescue ordinary meetings from disaster, start conducting meetings that are shorter, productive and fun. The road to more effective meetings begins with four "F" words--focus, facilitation, fellowship and feedback.

26 Ways to Make Meetings More Fun (…and productive)
Looking for ways to bring new life and energy to your meetings? Turn "dull and dreaded" to "energizing and effective" with these tips.

Getting Everyone to Agree in Meetings - The Impossible Dream?
Charlie Hawkins examines the most common decision-making methods in groups, and some of the strengths and drawbacks to each.

How to Deal with Ramblers, Bores, Show-Offs and Other People Who Sabotage Your Meetings
Facilitation Tips to Keep Your Meetings On Track and Deal with People Who Derail Them.

Idea Busters vs. Idea Builders
Sometimes good ideas never see the light of day because they are crushed before they are fully explored. The language we use when responding to ideas in meetings makes all the difference. This is a list of common idea busters, with suggestions on how to respond in a way that builds ideas instead.

Author bio for inclusion in reprints:

Charlie Hawkins facilitates business round tables, strategic planning retreats and idea generation sessions for businesses and nonprofit organizations who want to improve their results. He is the author of Make Meetings Matter, a comprehensive resource for anyone who wants to plan and facilitate more effective meetings.

Other Articles

Group Therapy
This New York Post article related to meetings quotes Charlie Hawkins on the importance of an impartial facilitator.


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