Leading and chairing meetings

Who will benefit

Anyone who leads chairs or participates in formal or informal meetings and wishes to ensure they are efficient, effective and productive.


The course is designed to help participants prepare, plan and structure formal and informal meetings to ensure positive contributions and successful outcomes. Equipping participants with the skills to both lead and participate in a supportive, constructive and effective way. You will learn how to:

  • Make meetings shorter, more focused and productive
  • Have clear guidelines for the planning, preparation and structure of meetings
  • Apply the skills of leading, processing and controlling meetings
  • Participate actively and make effective contributions

Course Content

  • The responsibilities of the chair and participants
  • The skills of chairing a meeting, personal qualities
  • Deciding on the type of meeting
  • Planning and preparation for the meeting
  • Drawing up and introducing an agenda
  • Leading meetings
  • Clarifying ground rules
  • How to participate and state your case effectively in meetings
  • Explore why meetings fail and what makes them more effective
  • Understanding different personalities and dealing with group dynamics
  • Gaining buy-in and agreement from others
  • Use body language to ensure you send out a confident message to other participants
  • Supporting individuals building on and supporting their ideas
  • Gaining positive participation
  • Problem solving
  • Concluding positively, gaining accountability for actions and deadlines
  • Action plan for return to work

Course Duration

1 Day

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