Make Meetings Matter

About the Book



About the book Make Meetings Matter

 
Make Meetings Matter, front cover Make Meetings Matter, back cover
 
 


Make Meeting Matter, by Charlie Hawkins, is a resource for planning and running high-impact meetings that achieve results.

With Make Meetings Matter, you will see how to:

  • Reinvent meetings to get more done, minimize time spent, and maximize productivity.
  • Avoid unnecessary and useless meetings.
  • Keep the agenda on track.
  • Leverage technology.
  • Ensure follow-up action is taken.
 
 
Make Meetings Matter is available in bookstores including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. To order bulk copies of Make Meeetings Matter, contact the publisher, Career Press, directly at 1-800-CAREER-1 (1-800-227-3371).

 
 


Table of Contents

  Introduction

Part I.

Before: The Four P's of Planning

  1 Purpose: know why you are meeting
  2 People: who should participate and the roles they play
  3 Place: make the most of your space-real or virtual
  4 Preparation: create an agenda and come ready to participate

Part II.

During: The Four F's of Flow

  5 Focus: stay on track and on time
  6 Facilitation: keep the discussions energized and relevant
  7 Feedback: evaluate ideas without crushing them
  8 Fun and Fellowship: ways to lighten up

Part III.

At the end and after: The Four C's of Completion

  9 Consensus: decisions everyone can live with and support
  10 Closure: determine clear follow-up action steps
  11 Critique and Celebration: evaluate group effectiveness
  12 Communication: publish a summary of the meeting

Part IV.

Additional Strategies and Solutions

  13 Disruptive behaviors and how to deal with them
  14 Using technology to enhance meetings
  15 One-on-one meetings
    Appendix
    Meeting planning guide and template
    Agenda templates
    Meeting summary templates
    Meeting effectiveness checklist


Sample Pages

Here are examples of a few pages from the book Make Meetings Matter. Click on page number to see the sample page in pdf format. (Pages will open in a new window. Please close that window when finished.)

  p. 25 Chapter 1 - Purpose: know why you are meeting
  p. 74 Chapter 4 - Preparation: create an agenda and come ready to participate
  pp. 93-94 Chapter 5 - Focus: stay on track and on time
  pp. 124-126 Chapter 8 - Fun and Fellowship: ways to lighten up
  pp. 144-145 Chapter 9 - Consensus: decisions everyone can live with and support
  p. 149 Chapter 10 - Closure: determine clear follow-up action steps
  pp. 195-196 Chapter 14 - Using technology to enhance meetings


"Make Meetings Matter gives you the roadmap to blow out the cobwebs from time-wasting, tedious meetings. Every chapter has gems of wisdom and practical advice to brighten up and shorten up you meetings, while getting more done."
–Jennifer Cowan, Sr. Process Safety Engineer, Process Safety & Reliability Group


Publisher: Career Press
ISBN: 978-1601630155
Paperback: 224 pages

Make Meetings Matter is available in bookstores including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. To order bulk copies of Make Meeetings Matter, contact the publisher, Career Press, directly at 1-800-CAREER-1 (1-800-227-3371).

 
 


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