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In this course, author and business coach Dave Crenshaw teaches you to get the most from your meetings—turning them into productive avenues for communicating, connecting, and accomplishing real work. The course demonstrates a simple, usable framework that will help you lead and participate in meetings large and small and provides insight into how to schedule, conduct, and follow up on meetings with minimum time and maximum results.
This course teaches you how to effectively hold two types of meetings: meetings with a group of people and one-to-one meetings. Group meetings are for three or more people, and one-to-one meetings are for just two people meeting face to face or through conferencing. Although the principles of effective meetings remain the same whether you're having a group meeting or a one-to-one meeting, the specific processes and tools that you use for these meetings are very different. So it's helpful if you understand the differences between these two types of meetings.
Group meetings are best for companywide or group-wide development, collaboration, and coordination. They're very effective when you want to brainstorm with many different people in a focused setting. They're also affected in coordinating the calendars among many different people, perhaps in a department with a project. One-to-one meetings, on the other hand, are best used for handling the fine details of day-to-day work, such as the quick questions that happen throughout your day when your coworkers call you, email you, or knock on your door.
These kinds of questions can be bundled together and discussed in a regularly scheduled one-to-one meeting. One-to-one meetings are fantastic opportunities for individuals to be heard and validated on a very personal level. I recommend that businesses use both group and one-to-one meetings. Typically, group meetings can be held less often than one-to-one meetings. For example, you might meet weekly on a one-to-one basis with a coworker who asks you questions, but might meet with all the members of your department as a group once per month.
Both types of meeting serve a unique and vital purpose. In this course, I will first cover principles that apply to every type of meeting, especially group meetings, and then later focus on tips and techniques unique to one-to-one meetings.
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