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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425138704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425138700
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By LTC J. G. Woyansky on October 1, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've used this book as a constant reference over the last six years while a facilitator for BPR and Change Management projects. Although it may lack a comprehensive array of practical exercies and techniques for all situations that arise in meetings or during facilitated focus group sessions, it is by far the best reference. Once you read, re-read, and fully understand the basics that Doyle and Straus are presenting, you can modify and add your own experience and methods.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
of all the things that we learn in school, how to more effectively manage a meeting is not one of them, but should be. i wish i had read this many years ago. everyone who joins our team receives a copy in their first week.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book offers a thorough grounding in Facilitation 101. A section I found particularly useful was the one which addressed problem-solving. This section takes the reader through the process step by step.
I wish the book offered more practical exercises for facilitators to use in their work. But since there are other books devoted entirely to exercises, this is a minor complaint.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2003
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Although at first glance I was skeptical, this book provided great insight into running a meeting that participants will actually enjoy and get something out of. It was not just a repeat of the things I already knew. After reading this book and implementing some of the ideas, people noticed the improvements from clear agendas which stated the purpose, to the approach used during the meeting to make sure we were all aligned and in agreement on what we were to achieve. I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elijah Chingosho on December 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
In "How to Make Meetings Work, Michael Doyle wrote a very useful and comprehensive book on guiding people on how to plan, organize and run effective and productive meetings. The book is well written in an easy to follow and understand style. It helped me to discard the notion that meetings are a waste of time and money and learnt how they can be very useful for an organization.

Among the important tips that the author highlighted are the importance of having a clear agenda distributed in advance of the meeting, having a clear purpose of the meeting, clarity on the type of meeting being held (e.g. whether it is a planning meeting, for decision making, feedback etc), adequate preparation by all participants, participation in discussions by all those present at a meeting, importance of starting and ending on time, the need to stick to the agenda, summarizing action items and resolving conflicts that may arise. The book also provides insights into meeting leadership skills.

This is one of the reference books that I use when facilitating on holding effective and productive meetings.

The book is essential reading for all people who have to organize, attend or chair meetings. Don't be put off by the date of publication (originally published in 1976) as the lessons the book teaches are timeless.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 1999
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Doyle/Strauss have written the classic in meeting design, facilitation and management. It is easy to read and use; the standard guidbook that everyone uses.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1999
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The Interaction method is what every person who attends or organises a meeting should read. Learn how to attend and hold effective meetings that start on time and finish on time. Learn how to be effective and reduce your working week.
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The book may have been initially copyrighted in 1976 and has gone through a few more reprintings since then, but the concepts are enduring, as it gives the facilitator the skills and knowledge to ensure that all voices are heard, the right people attend, the right number of issues are addressed in the correct order, even the type of seating arrangement.

The below reviews do a good job on giving insight into this must read for anyone that runs or is a group member of a meeting.

The 5 star reviews by:
Elijah Chingosho(December 5, 2006)--an excellent synopsis is provided here.
A Customer(February 22, 1999)
Fred R. Colby(January 26, 2010)
Francis H. Cummings(July 25, 2008)
K. Hoff (August 15, 2013)

The 4 star review by:
A Customer(July 21, 1998)

Below is the Table of Contents:
1. Why Meetings Are Important
2. What Goes Wrong at Meetings
3. The Case for a Group Memory
4. How to Find Win/Win Solutions
5. A Summary of the Interaction Method
6. How to Be a Good Facilitator
7. How to Be a Good Recorder
8. How to Be a Good Group Member
9. How the Boss Stays Boss
10. How to Plan Your Meeting
11. What Type of Meeting Are You Going to Hold?
12. Who Should Attend Your Meeting?
13. How Many People Should Attend?
14. How to Make Meeting Rooms Work
15. How to Put It All Together: The Agenda
16. Solving Problems in Groups: The Tools
17. How to Make a Presentation
18. How to Introduce the Interaction Method into Your Organization
19. How to Train Yourself

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