1. Welcome to
Leading Effective Meetings
How to Make Them for
2. Fact #1 - Meetings Perpetuate Culture
3. Fact #2 - Many Meetings Are Boring
4. Fact #3 – Many Meetings Aren’t Very
5. Presentation Objectives
Recognize opportunities for making meetings more
interesting, engaging and productive
Demonstrate understanding of P.A.L. framework for
6. Meeting Assessment
Are you meeting for the right length of time?
Are you covering the right things?
Are the right people involved?
Are participants being held accountable?
Are you having fun?
7. The P.A.L. System
Establish ground rules
Label agenda topics
Status: to update or inform
Decision: to make a decision or reach consensus
Discussion: to plan, generate alternatives, examine
directions, or evaluate options.
Plan to use a “parking lot”
Helps finalize attendee list
Use it to record notes on decisions or discussions
Can be used to keep track of assignments made
Send notes soon after
10. Office of
Look at location in advance
Consider the best time to hold meeting
Assign important roles
12. Making Meetings More Interesting/Engaging
Add The Fun Factor
Add icebreakers or fun activities as agenda items
Have someone act as an “fun” ambassador
Have theme meetings
Use existing holidays, celebrations or events as inspiration
Mix It Up
Reduce the number or declare “meeting free days”
Occasionally toss out agendas and do something completely
different (go to a museum, get ice cream, etc.)
Change the scenery (have “walking” meetings, hold them in
Coffman Union, etc.)
13. Making Meetings More Interesting/Engaging
Present Things Differently
Bring in guest speakers
Look for other ways to give updates (role plays, skits, etc.)
Frequently assess their effectiveness