Effective Meeting Skills

We all know that meetings are a valuable and necessary way to collaborate and draw on the best of what all employees can offer to progress the aims and objectives of the organisation. Using this time in the most efficient way possible is a critical business skill. A 2012 survey of office employees determined that on average four hours of their working time per week was spent in meetings. This figure doubled for managers and supervisors. They all estimated that over half this time was unproductive and wasted. In our program we will show you how to build the skills necessary to ensure that all meetings you lead are productive, effective and get the best from all those who participate.

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What's covered?

  • Key Principles and best practise when it comes to managing meetings
  • How to begin with purpose and contracting with participants for success
  • How to set realistic agendas which keep engagement and focus
  • Which roles are key to ensuring effective contributions and productivity
  • How to encourage open discussion for more participation and commitment
  • How to manage situations and behaviour which can disrupt and create disharmony
  • How to summarise and close effectively ensuring actions are allocated and commitments made

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in understanding or improving their own or others participation in or management of meetings.

What will I learn?

Participants achieve the following learning outcomes from the programme;

  • Understand the key skills and techniques required to manage meetings effectively
  • Identify and understand those key roles which make up effective meetings and how to ensure these contribute to good meeting process and output
  • Recognise the situations and behaviours which can undermine successful meetings and understand and practise how best to deal with these
  • Consider and reflect on your individual development and action plans required to ensure successful meeting process and outputs

Who are the tutors?

Gina Ryan

Gina Ryan has over twenty years’ experience in people management and entrepreneurship, across the telecommunications and food industry, with a particular focus on employee engagement and development, and excellence in customer service. An experience and qualified coach, Gina is passionate about continuous professional development. Over a number of years Gina has facilitated the professional growth and development of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds: from community leaders, pharma, food production to data processing, maintenance and contact centres. Gina establishes rapport and credibility with clients from the first interaction – and co-creates the environment to allow clients to affect real change in their organisation.

Clients find her facilitation style to be motivating, powerful and instrumental in finding a depth of understanding and clarity on their own issues, while at the same time maintaining control of the options they choose to follow, and the actions they design; in essence using the learning environment to custom build the skills and answers to their own specific needs. As someone who facilitates development on the basis of experiential learning, nothing is offered to the learners that Gina has not had experience of achieving success with in the workplace.

Gina holds a QQI Award in Coaching through LIT Thurles and is a member of the ICF (International Coach Federation), she has also been invited to mentor on this course. She also holds Diplomas in L&D Principles and IT and CIPD (Certification in Personnel Management Practice) through UL, and has Associate Membership of CIPD.  She was a mentor on the Certificate in Coaching Skills Course in LIT Thurles for three years

Gina is currently completing the following; “Diploma in Mindfulness Teacher Training and Positive Psychology(Irish Mindfulness Academy) at the Marino Institute of Education.”


Maura Murphy

Maura Murphy has over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of different Industries from Retail, Hospitality, Recruitment to Manufacturing in the area of Human Resource Management and employee and Leadership development. She has had specific experience as Learning and Development Manager of a large multinational organisation and within that developed programmes and strategies to enable and support the continued growth and progression of the individuals and leaders within the industry.

Maura is passionate about enabling learning and growth of individuals within business through specific tailored learning strategies and coaching processes. Through her years of experience as a Leader, Trainer and facilitator of learning, Maura believes in inviting learners to understand themselves and their subject, through adopting an experiential approach to the theories and material being introduced. This is facilitated by creating a safe learning environment where stretching and challenging is facilitated and fully supported. Maura’s coaching skills and experience become a key part in this process, enabling learners to recognise their learning needs, validate their strengths and acknowledge what needs to be developed.

Maura is a QQI qualified Coach with a Diploma in Training and Development; Maura also holds a Certificate in Facilitation Skills and is a member of the IITD and the ICF (International Coaching Federation).


How do we train and support you?

To assist and continue with skills development, we facilitate via email a post learning reflective practice utilising skills practice sessions recorded during the course. This assists delegates in embedding new learning, gives further support and enables them to define any further actions required.

This program offers one to one or group coaching as an additional element to further support the delegate and embed the learning process.

Maura Murphy

Duration: 0.5-1 day
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