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Some people spend a large proportion of their working life in meetings – and many consider much of this time to be wasted. That’s why good chairing skills are crucial for managers and leaders. This practical and engaging course shows how skilful chairing can steer a meeting to a successful conclusion, saving considerable time and significantly boosting efficiency.

Using interactive real-life scenarios to ensure the learning is transferable, participants will learn how to make the most of the before, during and after phases of the meeting. They will discover how to control those who speak too much or go off track – and get those who contribute little to say more. Most importantly, they will learn how to ‘stamp their mark’ on the meeting from the outset and create a sense of urgency that leads to greater engagement and improved effectiveness.

Learning objectives

By the end of the session participants will:

  • Know how to make the most of the Before, During and After phases of the meeting
  • Understand how to stimulate and facilitate discussion to maximise engagement
  • Know how to clearly define the purpose of a meeting, and prepare a realistic agenda
  • Be able to handle negative, time-wasting and disruptive behaviours effectively
  • Know how to ensure effective minutes are recorded and followed up

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Tailoring our design for you

This outline provides a great flavour of the skills and knowledge your people will benefit from by attending any Speak First training or coaching on this topic – whether standard, tailored or bespoke.

Here’s how Speak First can make the training even more relevant for you and your people:

Tailored Design

Tailored design develops existing content and enhances it with relevant case studies, role-plays and more to make the learning even more effective for your people

Bespoke Design

Working in partnership with you, we develop bespoke solutions that incorporate this, and other topics, to create custom solutions for your organisation’s specific needs

Sample Participant Journey

All our training and coaching can be booked as a one-off course or session where your people will leave with the confidence, tools and skills needed to put their learning into practice Many of our clients work with us to reinforce this learning, while following the 70:20:10 framework, with 1:1 coaching, virtual webinars and learning bites to embed the learning and make it sustainable Here’s a sample of how that journey could look for your people:

Participant needs identified
Line managers briefed on learning programme
Attend face-to-face training course
Workplace activities and line manager coaching
Participate in virtual webinar
Workplace activities and line manager coaching
Individual 1:1 telephone coaching
Follow-up activities and/or action learning

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