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Successful Meetings: How to Plan, Prepare, and Execute Top-Notch Business Meetings Paperback – February 28, 2007
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I've actually led a lot of meetings but checked out this book to prepare for a job interview. Yes, a lot of it's common sense, but I see now I haven't always used that. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Laurie Henry
I'm pretty conflicted about this book. It does contain good information; however, the presentation of the material is frustrating. This book needed a better editor. Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Fishee
I've had this book for years and use it occasionally as a great resource in executing a successful meeting. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Nic Peterson
Recessions are particularly stressful for those who must plan their organization's next meeting. Your success and ability to stay within budget is vital to succeeding in lousy... Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by Bill Todd, Sales Motivational Speaker
I'll say right up front I HATE meetings more than Dilbert. But I have to organize lots of them for my job. Sometimes involving people in different offices or across the state. Read morePublished on January 21, 2008 by Jodestar
Shri Henkel has done an outstanding job on this book. It is interesting and fun to read and will be interesting and fun to execute her wonderful ideas. Read morePublished on September 30, 2007 by Linda H. Cannady
Shri Henkel's SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS: HOW TO PLAN, PREPARE, AND EXECUTE TOP-NOTCH BUSINESS MEETINGS provides an easy to read book on the entire planning process, from budgeting and... Read morePublished on June 8, 2007 by Midwest Book Review
Change is difficult. Much as we love new ideas and new technology, changing to respond to innovations, competitive threats and opportunities is often seen as an arduous process. Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by E. Billings