This course will enable you to lead meetings that build energy, increase enthusiasm and motivate attendees to higher levels of performance. Learn how to start and end meetings on time, make short meetings count, stay focused and on track, and handle people who derail meeting agendas. This self-paced course requires no textbook or instructor.
Are your meetings time-wasting torture sessions? Our Effective Meetings course will set you free! This course even includes checklists you can apply right away.Why not have meetings you--and every other attendee--can look forward to?
Approximate study time: 15 hours
Among the things youll learn are how to:
Hold a meeting, rather than a mental beating.
Start and end meetings on time.
Avoid stretching a 20-minute meeting to 4 hours.
Make short meetings count.
Establish a clear purpose for each meeting, and achieve that purpose.
Stay focused and on track.
Be twice as productive in half the time.
Ensure attendance by the right people--no more, no less.
Handle people who derail meeting agendas, so they become allies instead of irritations.
Chair a meeting effectively.
Improve a meeting that someone else chairs.
Get out of meetings you dont want to attend.
Ten reasons to buy this course and know this material:
10. Most meetings are a complete waste of time--your time is valuable. So is the time of other attendees.
9. Being able to manage meetings properly reduces stress and improves productivity.
8. Having this knowledge allows you to focus on what is most important to you, rather than wasting away in pointless meetings.
7. This course takes less time than the typical meeting.
6. This course focuses on what you really need to know, in a way you
5. Meetings drain you; proper meeting management enriches your career.
4. This knowledge helps you make the right decisions about your
3. The right approach to meeting management saves time and energy, while
reducing or eliminating the need to throttle the person who is making a given meeting drag on and on and on.
2. By taking this course, you gain insight into specifics of managing meetings in a way that makes sense.
and the number one reason to buy this course and learn this material...
1. You owe it to yourself to know this information. Why limit yourself to being captive to unproductive, boring meetings, when this knowledge
can set you free?
This looks really interesting but I can't figure out what you are sending or how you are sending it.
These are downloadable files. In other words, you get download instructions as soon as the buying part is done and you get the files right away.
What is it that I'm going to get and how? Is it a file that I’ll download? Is it mailed?
As soon as your purchase is complete, you will receive download instructions both on screen and via e-mail. You download self-extracting zip file that contains the course material. Depending on the course, the individual files will be in the rich text format or in the e-book format. Most materials are in the easier-to-handle rich text format.
Are we talking about a lot of pages for me to read?
Here's something that pleasantly surprises most people about these.
If you look at a typical $99 professional book, most of it is filler. These courses don't have the filler. Ditto for $995 seminars covering the same information. Our courses get right to the meat, saving you the effort of wading through pages of nonsense. We don't mass up the high overhead of generating the filler, and we pass the savings on to our customers.
Do your courses on project management prepare me for the various certification routes of the Project Management Institute?
No. The material does not focus on exam preparation. It focuses on improving your real-world skills. However, what you learn will not impede certification.
Are you one of the approved (by PMI) course providers?
No. We are not affiliated with the Project Management Institute, although we may consider going that direction. Our goal is not to make you spend a lot
of money learning how to answer test questions. Our goal is to teach you how to do your job better.
How long does each of your courses take?
It depends on the student. These courses are essentially white papers with exercises to help you relate the information to what you are doing now. You can read the material in each course in under an hour. But, how long it takes to digest it and apply it is up to you.
Do I have to buy books in addition to your course material? Will those books have to be bought from you?
To both questions, no. You don't have to buy anything else. Each course stands on its own.
What if your course material is not clear? Are your course writers available for clarification? Since it is not possible to read all material at one shot, and collect all questions at the same time, will the course writers be available as needed or on a one time basis?
a. It will be clear.
c. Your success is important. If you have a question that is germane to the material, and not a probe for free consulting services, we will help you understand the material. We have kept the prices low, because not everyone can afford $995 for a two-day seminar that amounts to little more than a book promo. This is not a book promo.
What if I have other questions?
We'll answer to whatever extent is reasonable. It may be possible that you will ask questions that require developing a new course--some aspect of successful project management we didn't cover and that is not part of the normal project management training regimen. In that case, you would get the new course for free.
Do you have other courses?
Yes, and we are developing more. You can always write to us with specific needs, and we will adjust our product development accordingly. Also, it's a good idea to check Mindconnection on a regular basis, just to see what is new.
Who writes these courses?
That depends on the subject. For example, Dr. Jay Prince wrote the behavior courses based on his experience as a licensed therapist.
All of the courses are well-researched and devoid of pseudoscience. Most are written by a subject matter expert. All are reviewed by a professional editor for clarity and succinctness.
Do your courses qualify for employer reimbursement?
Possibly not, because they are not accredited. Then again, our cost is very low. So, you must ask yourself if that small amount is worth investing into the skills you need to keep yourself employed and employable.
The goal here is not to pile up paper credits. The goal is to get the information you would ordinarily get only from a lifetime of working in project management--if even then. We save you "classroom time" in the "school of hard knocks." You will recover your investment (and then some), simply because you will be that much better at what you do.
How much time can I reasonably expect to save, once I use the principles in your time management course?
That depends on how you presently approach your work. The typical student can expect to increase productivity by 50%. If you look at the way most people do their work, and then work your way through the course, you'll see why this is so. The author of that course works three full-time jobs and is Chair for one non-profit and acting Chair for another. Yet, he manages to excel in all of these roles while still maintaining outstanding health and enjoyment of life.
Meetings are the single largest cost most organizations incur.
The typical meeting consumes time that should be spent productively, and tends to drain the energy, enthusiasm, and motivation from the attendees. For all this cost, the typical meeting accomplishes little or nothing--and that's on a good day!
For most people, the phrase "mindless meetings" is redundant. Yet, in some organizations, meetings are productive. Those meetings build energy, increase enthusiasm, and motivate attendees to higher levels of performance.
In this course, you will learn how to have this second kind of meeting. To get these kinds of results, you dont need to do magic tricks, tell jokes, or "wow" people. Well show you what you need to do and how to do it.
This course would be perfect if every manager had to follow what it teaches. I was very excited after going through the material, because I could see the huge savings in time and productivity. But convincing various meeting-manic managers in my company to change their calcified and destructive ways had me beating my head against the wall.
The upshot is I was able to improve my own department's output significantly and use that success to springboard into a promotion. It was actually with another company, very forward-thinking, and I am there now.
Unless you're willing to leave the company you're in now, I'm not sure this course is going to be 100% effective for you.
Potential customer, 3.18.2010
Reviewer: Bob Schaffer (Oak Harbor, WA)
This is written in response to the person who has idiotic bosses that call for idiotic and endless meetings. I read this once, and it is very effective...Take all of the chairs out of the meeting room...everyone stands. So come prepared, because no one likes to stand forever. Hope this might help you, and pass it on.
Requires too much culture change, 1.25.2010
Reviewer: Bob Smith (Los Angeles, CA)
This course gives a lot of great advice. But you have to be working somewhere that isn't mired in a bureaucratic culture to use it. Or maybe be a boss at such a place. I've tried several of the suggestions from the meetings victim, er, I mean attendee, standpoint and have had only minimal success.
I'm not using my real name on this, because even though I hate my job and the crazy meetings it requires, I need that job to pay my bills.
What would really help is a course on how to find a job at a place that doesn't have endless, mindless meetings run by idiotic, mindless bosses with nothing better to do than call endless, mindless meetings.
Worth every penny, 12.28.2009
Reviewer: Ron Gomez (Phoenix, AZ)
I bought this sometime this past spring, and began implementing the concepts. Productivity, creativity, and morale have all improved. Like all small businesses, we have been struggling in the face of the bailouts, porkulus, and other massive wealth transfers to special interests. Getting a handle on our meetings has been a big part of that, and it's really helped.