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Have you ever attended or led a meeting you felt was a waste of time? If yes, you are not alone! According to a truth about meeting culture study, three in five employees say their most common meeting challenge includes staying on task, getting everyone to participate, coming to decisions, and actions for the next steps. Planning for meetings provides: increase project agility, increased productivity, enhanced working relationships, and better work performance. You will learn how to keep meetings productive and focused on achieving outcomes.

  • Use the agenda to communicate ahead of time
  • Define the meeting purpose 
  • Establish time parameters
  • Set ground rules and foundation
  • Maintain control of the meeting
  • Communicate after the meeting

Research reveals that the majority of meetings fall into categories of being too long, disorganized, and poorly planned. Additionally, almost 1/3 of meetings do not have an agenda or take meeting minutes. This leads to action items and captures being lost and forgotten creating more loss in time and productivity. Learning how to lead your meeting like a pro with a few simple strategies can significantly improve the morale, output, and finances of a team. 

  • How to use the agenda to communicate ahead of time with timed sections?
  • How to establish a meeting purpose? 
  • How to increase engagement and participation in the meeting?
  • How to identify potential roadblocks and identify a plan to address?
  • How to use a script to stay on track?
  • How to use past wins to develop efficient processes for the future?
  • How to improve facilitation skills to be a more effective meeting leader?

  • Project managers
  • Directors
  • Instructional designers
  • Vice presidents
  • Managers
  • Team leads
  • Executives

Monique Russell, MSC, is an International Inspirational Teacher, and Executive Communications Coach. She is the founder and managing partner of Clear Communications Solutions, LLC. and has taught thousands of leaders globally in Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Communications, consulted for government agencies, and fortune 100 companies. 

Monique has worked with several institutions of higher education in the areas of diversity, cultural sensitivity, public speaking, and communications with an emphasis on Emotional Intelligence. And, because of her background, she is a frequently sought after guest on business, local and international radio shows. She has shared her leadership expertise with local Chambers of Commerce, national associations, such as the Society of Human Resource Managers, National Headstart Association, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, school groups, and faith-based organizations. 

She is the founder and host of a Forbes recommended leadership conference, founder of the Clear Communication Online Institute, and an advisory board member of Leadercast— the world’s largest one-day leadership conference.

Despite the credentials and success, through the journey of life, Monique lost her confidence but reclaimed it through a series of empowering exercises and resources. It is because of her multi-dimensional experiences that her teachings on how to communicate confidently from the inside out are very effective. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism, and two Masters of Science degrees in Public Relations and Advertising. She is a Certified Life Coach and DiSC facilitator.

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