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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best source for facilitation technique.
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...
Published on October 1, 1998 by LTC J. G. Woyansky

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the dollar I payed.
I gave it an extra star because there were some good things in the book but it was about 10 pages of info streached out about 10 times too long.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best source for facilitation technique., October 1, 1998
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LTC J. G. Woyansky (Colonial Heighs, VA USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: How to Make Meetings Work (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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why don't they teach this in business school?, January 25, 2001
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This review is from: How to Make Meetings Work (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer on how to facilitate a meeting, July 21, 1998
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This review is from: How to Make Meetings Work (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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Book on Meetings!, 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What every manager needs, 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the handbook of successful meetings, 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holding Productive and Effective Meetings, December 5, 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best, January 26, 2010
I have used this book's techniques for over 20 years, and have recommended it to many boards and executive directors. It is one of the easiest reads while being full of easy to understand and easy to apply techniques. A must for anyone who wants to run effective meetings.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the dollar I payed., January 3, 2014
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I gave it an extra star because there were some good things in the book but it was about 10 pages of info streached out about 10 times too long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, November 13, 2013
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Well written - great guidelines we had all our management read it as a mandatory read and discussion. good book
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