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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (February 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910627916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910627917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last! A book that breaks through and shows us in an easy-to-read manner how to put on successful meetings attendees will truly value. Watch out corporate America your meetings will never be the same again! --James Adonis; Employee Engagement Expert and Speaker

About the Author

Shri Henkel owns a Management and Marketing Consulting business and is a freelance writer and marketing professional. She has 21 years of business management and 16 years of marketing experience. The knowledge she gained in this work has been invaluable in creating helpful handbooks for business managers and owners. These experiences include suggestions about techniques that worked and warnings about things that didn t. In addition to her non fiction work, she has 4 novels in print under her pen name, Nikki Leigh. She is beginning work on her fifth and sixth novels and two novellas. Her love of the coast, history and lighthouses is apparent in her stories. On a trip to Cape Ann with her brother, Chris, she discovered the area that was the perfect setting for a series of books. The rugged land, hard working people and rich history were too compelling to ignore. Cape Ann, Eastern Point and Gloucester, Massachusetts are the setting for her books which focus on the Stormy View lighthouse. Her first novella is set along the Outer Banks of North Carolina and is the first mystery in a series.

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The clear and concise presentation of the material in this book allows for an easy read.
K. Laing
Her book, Successful Meetings: How to Plan, Prepare and Execute Top-Notch Business Meetings, is a great step-by-step guide running meetings that produce results.
Heather K. Michon
This book is a must read for anyone who is trying to improve their meeting skills or are facing their first meeting!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Buffington on April 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed with this book, particularly after having chosen to purchase based on other reviews. Generally, if you have never organized a meeting, never sat through a meeting, nor have any experience with meetings, you will find this book useful. Otherwise, the book contains mostly common sense ideas and approaches. Two examples of suggestions for successful meetings are "be prepared" and "be organized", not particularly earth shattering notions.

I found the book extremely repetitive--for example, in numerous chapters, we are told that it might be a good idea to have food at the meeting and that you should plan for a 15 minute break for every 90 minutes of meeting. Is this really so difficult that we must be told 4 times? I could cite many, MANY other examples of ideas and lists that repeat (essentially verbatim) throughout the book. The material, with better use of font and elimination of duplication, could have easily been presented in a much smaller handbook. On the positive side, I did find the "case studies" (actual examples provided by individuals other than the author) entertaining, particularly when they directly contradicted some of the author's advice.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan W. Worthy on March 24, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book could help anyone create a successful meeting. I've had meetings before where only 3 people show up on time (out of 15 invitees!) and I didn't know what to do. If I had read this book then, I would have known how to encourage prompt arrival prior to the meeting and wouldn't have had that problem. I really like the section on how to set up the room. At my office, most of the meeting rooms are already arranged, but if I took the time to rearrange the chairs, it would have a dramatic effect on the participation. Overall, this book provides a great overview for how to lead a meeting that gets results. It covers the basic logistical issues as well as tips for encouraging participation, leading brainstorming sessions, who you really need to invite (and not invite), and ideas for resolving personal conflicts between participants. Henkel provides checklists and forms to make the planning process easy and fool-proof. Also, the writing style is simple and easy to understand, including many lists that help clarify the topic. The section on icebreakers is very useful, especially if you are leading a meeting for people that don't always work together as a group. Often, these icebreakers can make for a more productive meeting since people are more likely to share their ideas with people they feel they know. I would recommend this book to anyone planning on leading a meeting (big or small). It will make a world of difference!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heather K. Michon on August 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
Meetings have to rank as one of the most loathed activities in modern corporate life. While the idea of coming together as a group to collectively solve problems or brainstorm new ideas sounds good, poor planning and management too often leads to fuzzy, disorganized sessions in stuffy conference rooms. In surveys, 90% of respondents admit to daydreaming during meetings, almost 75% say they have sometimes brought other work, and 9% say they have fallen asleep.

Shri Henkel believes she knows how to change all that. Her book, Successful Meetings: How to Plan, Prepare and Execute Top-Notch Business Meetings, is a great step-by-step guide running meetings that produce results. Rather than begin from the premise that all meetings are necessary, Henkel starts out by suggesting that the reader ask themselves a very basic question: is this meeting really necessary? Could these issues be tackled in a different way? She even suggests costing the meeting out, so the reader can see how much money a meeting will consume in staff salary, equipment costs, and of course, snacks.

Once you've determined that a meeting is necessary, Henkel has a wide variety of ideas on how to set agendas and keep to it, how to encourage active participation among staff, how to capture ideas for later use, and how to receive feedback so the next meeting is even better. An entire chapter is devoted to feel-good "team building" exercises designed to open up communications and get the thoughts flowing. All in all, this would be a great book for any middle or upper-level manager looking to run their meetings more effectively.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
Shri Henkel has done very well with this book, in that she lists and explains all the typical stages of planning and holding an effective meeting. This book covers all stages of a meeting from the planning stage and whether or not a meeting is necessary through the logistics of setup and what type of meeting you are trying to hold. To ways to get the group involved in the meeting and the defining characteristic of an effective meeting, how to get the things done that the meeting was called for. She covers how to ask for help and get it, from recruiting coworkers to share the responsibilities of the meeting with, to asking for feedback from a completed meeting.

It was very informative for me to see a successful meeting broken down into all of its components. This allowed me to see what I already knew and those things that I knew were missing, but not quite what they were. This book is written from the point of view that would be beneficial to both the novice and accomplished meeting leader. It gives interesting ways to make sure things are going smoothly and if not, suggestions on how to get the meeting back on track. While reading this book, I definitely recognized room setups and strategies that have been used on me as an attendee at those meetings where I thought the leader or presenter did an excellent job.

Nothing like reading a how-to book and going, "yes, I've seen that done," or "yep, I've seen that done before but I didn't realize why it worked so well until now." Things like that only solidify for me how well a specific technique works, and there are multitudes of these experiences described in this book. I especially liked all the charts and lists included in each section to help the novice meeting leader stay on track.
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