Organizational Development Consultant and Leadership Coach

20 Techniques to Improve Meeting Productivity: #4 Pulse Check

December 9, 2013

“I know that from time to time there is some skepticism within our group. But I don’t know how to identify which specific issues are causing the most concern and how much our success is impacted. I wish I had a way of measuring the attitudes of our group. Do you have any ideas?”



PULSE CHECK is a technique to determine the mood, attitude, temperature, or pulse of your group. It involves asking individuals to articulate their feelings toward a particular issue.  Their ratings are used to determine the overall pulse of Continue reading

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20 Techniques to Improve Meeting Productivity: #3 Groundrules

December 2, 2013

“Sometimes people act inappropriately at our meetings. They come in late, interrupt others, ramble from topic to topic, dominate discussions, are hostile to the ideas and opinions of others, and have side conversations. Is there an easy way to handle these situations?”

Technique 3. GROUND RULES

GROUND RULES, as a productivity technique, help establish and maintain acceptable standards of meeting behavior. Using this technique virtually eliminates behavior problems before they begin. When behavior problems do occur, pre-established GROUND RULES support your request for change.

This technique involves discussing and posting the resulting meeting GROUND RULES in Continue reading

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20 Techniques to Improve Meeting Productivity: #2 Clearing

November 25, 2013

“It seems like when our meetings begin, everybody is still focused on what they just left behind—their work, their weekend, their vacation, or whatever. It really takes a long time for us all to get settled. What can we do to get focused sooner?”

Technique #2. CLEARING

CLEARING is a productivity technique that allows the members of your group to clear their minds and focus on the meeting. It provides a transition from what participants just left behind to the meeting itself. CLEARING significantly decreases the time it takes participants to settle themselves at the beginning of Continue reading

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20 Techniques to Improve Meeting Productivity: #1 Introductions

November 17, 2013

Over my years as a meeting facilitator, I have identified twenty fundamental techniques for facilitating successful meetings. These essential productivity techniques provide specific, uncomplicated processes to define meeting behavior, keep meetings on track, improve the clarity of communication, and maintain maximum energy. Employing these procedures not only saves time and increases effectiveness and efficiency but also adds immediate power to every meeting agenda by eliminating time wasters, focusing discussions, expanding the quality of input, and significantly increasing participation and results.

These 20 techniques include:

Specific techniques for defining and controlling meeting behavior include:
1. Introductions
2. Clearing
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