Making your mark in meetings

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first_img Comments are closed. Making your mark in meetingsOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Readers try out the latest products and coursesJan Golding reviews: Going to a Meeting From: Video Arts Format: VHS videos with ice-breaker. Package contains disks of: thecourse leader’s guide, delegate worksheets, PowerPoint slides, OHPS andself-study workbook. There are two separate titles: Messing up a meetinglasting 20 minutes and Meeting Menaces lasting 21 minutes Price: £995 per video with 20 per cent discount when bought together. Rentalper title £185 plus VAT and delivery for two days Tel: 0207 400 4800 E-mail: [email protected] must be a lucky manager who survives a day without attending a meeting ofsome description, so most organisations will have a ready audience for thisprogramme.It is spread over two similarly-styled video tapes providing ahigh level of flexibility to the trainer. Both use the somewhat ubiquitous JohnCleese as narrator, interacting with meeting attendee Jeremy. In each case,actors at a meeting react plausibly to the behaviour of one another. After eachscene Jeremy’s contribution or reaction is analysed and corrected, with are-run highlighting techniques for increased productivity.Messing up a Meeting is an introduction to the basics ofmeeting contribution, covering preparation, making a point and constructivelyadding to the debate. It would be ideal for new supervisors or managers withlimited experience of meetings, but die-hard meeting-goers will wryly extractpertinent points too. I particularly liked the helpful narrator breakdown,reinforcing the points around the concept of adding to the debate, which formost learners will be the most challenging aspect of this tape.Meeting Menaces identifies five typical types of characterencountered in meetings and provides techniques for resolving potentiallyblocking or unproductive situations. More experienced meeting-goers willrecognise and relate to the behaviours outlined, although I would anticipatesome credibility issues with the format of this tape among senior managers. The video works at an awareness level, bringing home genericpoints such as keeping your cool and resolving conflict. However, trainers willneed to provide further exercises to ensure the techniques outlined aremastered by their delegates.As this programme points out, good practice in meetings nevergoes out of date, but the same lessons need to be learned by each newgeneration of managers and supervisors. The content is topical but nottime-bound, the dress of the actors modern but not high fashion. While thestyle is solid, almost predictable, the recycling factor makes this programme agood investment for refreshing the managers of today and training those of thefuture.Jan Golding is training anddevelopment manager at Hilton Birmingham Metropole Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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