Effective Meetings

person icon Anna Thompson

Effective Meetings

How to Make your Meetings a Success by Avoiding Common Pitfalls

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Anna Thompson

architecture icon Business,Communication,Meetings


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Course Description

Meetings are often cited as an example of some of the worst, most tiresome and ineffective aspects of working life. Given that so many people involved in managing meetings have had no training in doing so, this is not surprising.

But, meetings do not have to be a waste of time or a significant bind. There are ways and means of making sure that they are productive and even energizing – and that is precisely what this course is all about.

Meetings are resource intensive (ten people attending a 90-minute meeting is the equivalent of two full days of work for an individual), and yet people commonly complain that the meetings they go to are often ineffective in taking matters forward and may actually be a complete waste of time. Poor meetings are not only a waste of valuable time, but also sap energy, lower morale and generally make working life more unpleasant than it needs to be. They can also harm the reputation, standing and credibility of the person chairing the meeting.

This course offers practical guidance on how to make sure that meetings are successful in achieving their aims and therefore justify the time and effort that go into them.

Who this course is for:

  • People who are called upon to chair meetings will find this course especially helpful, but it will also be of value to anyone who attends meetings


What will you learn in this course:

  • Appreciate the importance of making sure that meetings are effective.
  • Learn how to avoid some of the common pitfalls associated with meetings
  • Understand the importance of clarity and focus in meetings.
  • Be more confident in contributing to making meetings successful


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • All you need is a commitment to more effective meetings.

Effective Meetings


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Effective Meetings
6 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 03:28 03:28
  • play icon Module companion e-workbook
  • play icon Part 1 - What are Meetings for? 07:50 07:50
  • play icon Part 2 - How meetings can go wrong 30:08 30:08
  • play icon Part 3 - Ten top tips for effective meetings 22:32 22:32
  • play icon Conclusion 01:08 01:08

Instructor Details

Anna Thompson

Anna Thompson

Dr Neil Thompson is a highly experienced tutor and trainer. He is highly respected for his ability to explain complex ideas clearly and effectively. His gentle voice and unhurried approach are widely appreciated by online learners as will as attendees at his conferences and workshops. 

He is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University in the UK.. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including over 40 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia. 

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