Overcoming the wasteful nature of meetings

The national statistics council estimates that in the US corporate world, a whopping eleven million meetings are held in a year. Between a third and two fifths of the employees spend their time in meetings. Executives attend two meetings a day on average.

Does all this indicate that meetings are productive? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite is true. There is perhaps no exercise in a corporate setup that is as frequent and prevalent as meetings, and there is simply no exercise that is as wasteful as them. Most executives say that half their meetings served no purpose, meaning that at least one meeting an executive attends is a complete waste of time.

What about the meetings attended? Do they count for productive work? The answer is a no again, because most meetings are scheduled with people who do not need to attend them. Many meetings are held during peak productive workhours, meaning that they rob the organization of productive time.

Enormous costs, no ROI

Further, considering that meetings are held in a number of settings such as offices, homes, during travel, during videoconferencing or by phone, there is enormous cost attached to this wasteful exercise.

Should meetings be done away with? The answer is a no again, because the fault is not that of meetings per se, but the fact that they are held in improper ways. Meetings need to be focused and serious. Participants of the meeting need to know exactly what to talk about, should have the attendance of the right persons, and should not take up more time than allotted. If the meeting fails to meet these objectives, it means that the persons organizing the meeting are not efficient and don’t realize the value of meetings.

Learn the art of managing meetings

It is to help professionals in understanding the art of meetings that TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be organizing a webinar. At this webinar, Marcia Zidle, CEO of Leaders At All Levels and a board certified executive coach based in Dallas Texas, who works with executives, management teams and high potential professionals to help them move up to the next level, will be the speaker.

Want to gain learning on how to conduct meetings that are going to be productive and fulfil the requirements they set out? Then, attending this webinar will be a great step forward. To enroll for this webinar, just visit TrainHR. Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM.
Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

Making meetings purposeful and productive

Marcia will enlighten participants on the need for conducting effective meetings that are actually productive and meet their purpose. She will give an understanding of what needs to be done to make a meeting work. She will explain how to make meetings focused, productive, participative, and even fun. Participants of this webinar will be able to improve meeting productivity and enhance communication and to boost creativity and teamwork.  

Professionals in a number of positions, such as CEO's, COO’s, CFO’s, VP of Human Resources, Chief Learning Officer, Directors, Project Managers, Operation Managers, Supervisors, Team Leaders, and Human Resources Professionals, for whom meetings are a daily occurrence will benefit from this session.

Marcia will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • Identify meeting management problems
  • Pinpoint the cost of ineffective meetings
  • Recognize the 3 stages of meeting management
  • Review three techniques to lead effective meetings
  • Encourage participation and different points of view
  • Know the six key questions to ask before calling a meeting
  • Use 4 simple tools to keep discussions and meetings on track
  • Manage problem behaviors-the Latecomer, the Talker, the Busybody, the Wanderer, and the Arguer.

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