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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 outcomes

By the end of this 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

Please note that these outcomes are a guide only and the precise outcomes will vary with the delivery method and duration of the session.

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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

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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

The learning solutions featured on our website can all stand on their own as high-quality and high-impact learning interventions for your team – however, they are at their best when delivered as part of a wider learning programme, helping you achieve your strategic imperatives and your people benefit from much deeper and expansive learning journeys. We work with you as consultants, collaborators and design partners to establish learning outcomes and create the perfect programme - below is an example of what your people’s learning journey might look like.


Overall scope of programme agreed with client
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
In-between work: on-the-job assignments
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Facilitated learning group sessions (group coaching)
Virtual/face-to-face training session(s)
Programme closing session – a celebration of success
Continuous learning support, virtual or face-to-face

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