Productive Meetings - A Workshop for all sectors

Whether face to face or virtual, meetings are a necessary part of any organisation and are part of the larger internal communication system. When they work well, they fulfil many different functions such as informing, making decisions, or sharing and gathering ideas. When done well, meetings follow a pre-set agenda, run to time, have the right people attending and have defined outcomes. Different types of meeting can be used to focus on different outcomes, but deciding which format will best derive a particular outcome can be difficult.

Meetings are often not used effectively and don’t do what they need to do. Inefficient meetings account for a vast amount of time wasted, where the wrong people are invited, the agenda not clear, the outcomes not followed up and the meeting itself not kept on track.

Workshop Content

  • What does a good meeting look like?
  • Which are the existing meetings within your organisation (formats, processes)?
  • How productive are internal meetings at the moment?
  • What are the changes that can be made to improve internal meetings?
  • What Digital Tools are available to improve the effectiveness of your meetings?

Workshop Goals

  • To ascertain how productive internal meetings are within your organisation.
  • To identify the different types of meetings and the ways that these are run.
  • To highlight gaps, problems and issues with internal meetings.
  • To create solutions to any problems with existing meetings (including lack of meetings) by creating some next steps to develop the existing meeting structures, and exploring options for new ways of working.
  • To explore and discuss a range of Digital Tools to improve the efficiency of your meetings.

Outcomes

  • There will be a more unified understanding of what is considered a “good meeting”
  • The staff will have a better idea of what they need from internal meetings and ways that this can be achieved.
  • They will have a good overview of what types of meetings already take place.
  • They will be able to decide on some concrete next steps to take including the introduction of Digital Tools
  • Meetings will ultimately be more streamlined and more productive.
  • By having an opportunity to discuss issues and make suggestions staff will be more engaged in the process and be able to take ownership of any actions to shape the company’s meeting processes.

Who would benefit from this workshop?

If your internal meetings are not as productive as you would like, perhaps they are too long or they add little value then this workshop is for you. Possibly there is a lot of talking but limited tangible outcomes, or they have become stale. Maybe there are better ways of structuring the meeting including how information is presented and tasks are captured, allocated and monitored. Or it could be that you are just in need of some new ways of invigorating your meetings.

This workshop has been designed to be held ‘in-house’ with between 5 and 20 participants from across the organisation and ideally would need to include decision makers as well as front line staff.

How long is the workshop?

This is a full day workshop, typically 6 to 7 hours

Ongoing support

All participants will have 24/7 on-line access for six months to the resources generated during the workshop including links to the digital tools explored during the session. This facility can also be used by participants to ask questions and share ideas.

Where is the workshop held?

Most workshops will be held at the host company’s offices. You will be able to provide a suitable meeting room with wifi and refreshments. An external meeting room can be hired at an additional cost.

How much does the workshop cost?

This depends on location but fees start at £900.00 (no VAT) for Workshops in Bristol or Gloucestershire.

Any questions or to book a workshop

Please call Helene Jewell 07952777637 or Gerald Crittle 07827 335918

Gerald Crittle – G Acceleration

Gerald is an experienced manager who has many years’ experience at a senior level. His roots are in the construction sector and this ensures that he has a practical approach to management. More recently he has managed projects in the print, recruitment, agriculture and further education sectors.

His 10 years as company director of an SME that grew from £1m to £17m annual turnover has given Gerald a deep understanding of all aspects of managing a growing company. This experience also allows him to work at all levels within an organisation.

Gerald’s skills include streamlining back-office procedures which often includes the introduction of technology. He has extensive knowledge of workplace learning and apprenticeships for which he has won a number of national awards.

He has managed a Technology Exemplar Network of 129 colleges and FE providers and now helps organisations explore and introduce technology enhanced learning.

He is based between Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Specialities: Business Efficiency, Business Technology, Digital Skills, Project Management, Workplace Training, Learning Technology.

Linked In: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/geraldcrittle

Twitter: @GeraldCrittle

Helene Jewell – Jewell Facilitation

Helene is a highly skilled facilitator who draws on her knowledge and experience of communication processes to encourage effective and meaningful group dialogue to bring the best out of the groups she works with. She qualified 20 years ago as a Speech and Language Therapist, a profession that has lead her on a voyage of discovery and learning in the field of communication, group engagement, training and facilitation. Her skills have further evolved through working in Advocacy, Community and International Development, and interpreting work.

She has worked with a wide range of clients from many different sectors both in the UK and overseas. Most recently she has worked with Engineers, IT sector professionals, Archaeologists, Avon and Somerset Police, The local Chamber of Commerce, many different small business owners, and several charities. Participants in her workshops come from a broad spectrum of professional backgrounds and vary in seniority from Board Chairs, Directors and Senior Project Managers to support staff, volunteer field workers, and groups of young people.

She is based in Bristol.

Specialities: Facilitation, Training, Organisation, Workshops, Engagement, Groups, Communication, Problem Solving, Ideation, Brainstorming.

Linked In: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/helenejewell

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