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How to Book of Meetings: Conducting Effective Meetings: Learn How to Write Minutes for Meetings Using Samples (How to series) (Volume 1) Paperback – June 21, 2013
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About the Author
J H Hood has a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Education and the National Medal. She has extensive experience across government, the private sector and community organizations: as a senior manager as well as training adults in the workplace in a wide range of management and personal skills. She has worked with many thousands of people, helping them to build the skills to survive and thrive in the workplace. Feedback on her training and coaching focuses on how practical her material is, and how quickly positive outcomes come from using it. The ‘How To” series comes form her love of writing and her experience helping people build their skills and knowledge. She and her partner live in the foothills of Adelaide, where they can watch koalas climbing the tree outside her study window. Their two cats don’t even stir!
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I found many useful nuggets, but here are a few:
- Don't hold a meeting if an email or memo will suffice. I only wish my managers knew this one. Our time is valuable!
- Meetings can be for either diseminating information or making decision. Know this going in. Decision-making meetings are usually kept much smaller and should be very interactive. Getting a large group to agree on anything is all but impossible.
- Watch out (and manage) the time wasters. I can think of a few people who love to get on soapboxes and run the clock down in my meetings.
- Treat an agenda as a road map for the meeting, not just a listing of canned topics. A good agenda should remind you to ask key questions and relay important information.
Overall, the book was very well presented -- which is a good sign, given the topic. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in holding more productive meetings.
In the end, if you’re a firm believer that timing is everything, you get to see examples of how to manage it. Good reading material.
But then as I thought back over so many meetings I'd attended, I realised that the sense is not so common after all... I'm now trying to think of creative ways to force this book upon so many of my colleagues...
The common sense feel comes from the clear and simple content - everything makes such sense and the step by step instructions are simple.
The little characters add an element of fun.
The templates are great, and I look forward to using more of them.
All in all an accessible, useful resource.
The author of this very cleverly written book has clearly identified all the specific aspects of the roles and responsibilities required to hold effective meetings.
Her inclusion of "Checklists" in this well written book is a great addition to her existing material. The "Checklists" are easy to follow, pragmatic and would be very helpful for people who have to arrange, run or attend meetings.
The models used in this book are excellent.
I also enjoyed seeing the use of the visual "stick figures" highlighting the different points made in the book. They were delightful and a bit of fun to see.