EME01 Effective Meetings

About this course

The course on how to develop and run effective meetings. It shows how you can plan, manage and follow up on meetings to ensure that they achieve their objectives.

We use meetings to share information and discuss and agree on issues as part of everyday life and work.  Sometimes meetings work well and objectives are met. However, some meetings take a long time and do not appear to achieve much.

This course provides techniques you can use to ensure meetings achieve their goals and are an efficient use of time.

What this course offers

Taking the course will enable you to understand more about meetings and develop skills,  knowledge and processes that will enable you to become more capable of running effective meetings.

What you will learn 

The following topics will be addressed in the course.

  • What is an effective meeting? 

This describes different types of meetings in terms of their purpose. It shows how the objectives of meetings need to be understood to have an effective meeting. An effective meeting achieves the objectives set for it.

  • How do you plan for effective meetings? 

Once the objectives for the meeting are understood, meetings can be planned to achieve these objectives. Meeting structure and timing can be designed to ensure that meeting activity such as the sharing of information, discussion and agreement can be organised in a way that ensures that objectives are achieved.

  • How do you manage effective meetings?

 Following the agenda of the meeting and achieving the objectives of a meeting requires the meeting to guided by a chairperson. This is a skilled activity that needs to work with participants and the dynamics of the meeting to ensure that objectives are met.

  • How do you follow up on effective meetings? 

Good meetings can be a waste of time, if they are no minutes are taken and shared as people soon forget what discussed and agreed. Therefore, following up with participants after meetings is an important way of ensuring that the meeting achieves change beyond the discussions at the meeting.

  • Are there tools and guides you can use for effective meetings?

 Agendas and minute templates, as well as checklists, help ensure meetings are effective, as they ensure all of the key issues are addressed and not accidentally omitted. By avoiding ‘reinventing the wheel’ they also save time and allow meeting organisers to be more effective.

How you will learn

The course is online and you will access the following resources.

  • Presentation
  • E-book
  • Quiz
  • Templates and guides
  • Course work
  • Additional reading and viewing

How long will it take

The course is self-paced and you can work through the material in your own time. You should be able to complete the course presentation and quiz in 1 – 2 hours. Viewing the e-manual and the additional reading and downloading templates and guides and completing the course work can be completed in another 1 to 2 weeks.

What do I need to attend the course

You will need a Gmail account with a password to access the course.  You will also need access to the Internet and Word and Excel to access and use templates and tools.

Who developed the course

The course was developed by Instructors who have designed and run a wide range of management and technical courses internationally for the United Nations, government departments, universities, professional bodies and community organisations.   

Accessing the course

Access the course through here. Link.

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