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Many people in every organisation spend a large proportion of their working life in meetings – and they often consider much of this time to be wasted. That’s why it’s essential for everyone who attends a meeting to make sure they get the most out of it.

This practical and engaging course demonstrates how anyone attending a meeting can contribute to making them effective and worthwhile. Participants will learn how to prepare effectively for meetings even when they are busy. They will discover how to make sure other’s listen to what they say and get their messages across effectively. They will learn how to provide a strong supporting role to the person chairing the meeting that helps keep things on track and ensure everyone’s voices are heard. Participants will leave with great confidence in their ability to get the best out of meetings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Recognise the importance of preparing for every meeting and following up on actions promptly
  • Learn how to get your point across effectively and gain buy-in to your ideas
  • Know how to make sure they get air time and allow/encourage others to contribute
  • Be able to take a leading role when things aren’t working and help to get it back on track
  • Know how to take minutes and ensure action points are recorded

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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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

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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