The Joy of Meetings: Recipes for Success

Ever been to a meeting that was flat as a pancake, or in danger of boiling over? The missing ingredient in many meetings is an outcome-based agenda that uses people's time well, focuses energy, and supports more productive work before, during, and after meetings. Course materials include custom handouts and also the book, The Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making.

Counts as an MLMC elective class or a CPM class.

Course materials include custom handouts and also the book, The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making.

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What: The Joy of Meetings: Recipes for Success

When: Thu, May 3, 8:30am-4:30pm

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: Standard: $275 | Govt./Non-Profit*: $225 | Lunch Included | *This rate is available to nonprofit and public sector organizations, government agencies, and nonprofit educational institutions. For questions about eligibility, please contact the program director.

Continuing education credit: 7 hours (0.7 CEUs)

Kathy Germann
Stephanie Sobczak

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Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more

As a facilitator do you feel like you’re in a pressure cooker managing everything, while some group members stir the pot and others just feel fried? 

Meetings can have many challenges: unclear purpose, derailed focus, lack of participation, and decisions that are repeated ad nauseum. Often the missing ingredient is an outcome-based agenda that uses different processes to fully engage group members.  Results-oriented meeting agendas allow participants to better prepare for and focus on the task at hand.  Utilizing modalities beyond open discussion taps in to differences in people’s learning styles and encourages more innovative thinking and participation by all group members, not just those who take up the most "air time."

This interactive, hands-on workshop will give you concrete “recipes” for creating meeting agendas that use people’s time well, elicit their best thinking and make decisions that have greater buy-in, resulting in a group that gets the job done and has positive working relationships.

Transform your meetings from food fight to culinary delight! 

Learn how to:

  • Create group agreements to establish a productive work climate.
  • Understand the benefits of an explicit decision-making rule.
  • Assess the pros/cons of different decision-making rules.
  • Learn how to use a tool to discern the level of agreement.
  • Design outcome-based agendas with clearly defined purposes.
  • Select multi-modal processes to enhance participation and achieve agenda outcomes.
  • Use meeting evaluations to support effective task accomplishment and group process.

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