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The Meetings Company
Where Minds Truly Meet
Everything you need to make your meetings 100% more effective and engaging
Meeting Coaching

Are you an individual who wants to improve your meeting management and facilitation skills? Not interest in on-site training? Then you may be interested in our one-on-one coaching.
Click here for individual coaching & to learn more about our reference and workbook


Looking for a Keynote?

We offer a shorter two-hour version of this course with less interaction. The attendees will learn the basics of meeting leadership and management. Contact us for more information.


Who We Are

For over 27 years we have been leaders in facilitating highly effective and engaging meetings. We know how to make your meetings productive and want you to learn how we do it. We have worked with hundreds of organizations in almost every industry and in every case their meetings have improved dramatically.

All of our clients leave our meetings with a renewed respect for meetings. They learn how to access the power in collective decision making and idea generation. They learn the key elements that go into making meetings successful. They learn how to make sure that their goals are met. In short, through our work, our clients improve their meeting effectiveness over 100%.


"At one time in our organization you could hear employees constantly stating we had too many meetings. Then we met Bruce Honig with Honig IdeaGuides. Bruce taught us through the (Leading Effective Meetings) workshop, how to make our meetings more productive. By being more productive and structured in our meeting process, we are achieving many more goals on our continuous improvement project lists! The "Leading Effective Meetings" method has become a standard operating procedure for our organization which we will train on a continuous basis. We look forward to a long, healthy, productive working relationship with Honig."

Lori Bassett
, Vice President Human Resources, Pergo, Inc.
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Leading Effective & Engaging Meetings

On-site Training Workshop

We show you how to have fewer meetings and
get better results.

We create great meeting leaders.

Make your meetings more productive & engaging now!
Taught by Master Facilitators

After attending this course meeting attendees will no longer feel like they are wasting their time at meetings. In fact, they may actually enjoy going to meetings (imagine!). This Meeting Management Training focuses on higher engagement and creating superior meetings.

Participants will learn how to...

Use simple tools for creating a more directed focus in meetings.
Make their meetings more productive - get things done in half the time.
Make meetings more interesting, engaging and worthwhile for everyone.
Become liberated from the drain and drudgery of meetings.
Get meetings to start and end on time...and on a good note.
Ensure that each meeting ends with agreements for action steps.
Deal with difficult meeting situations such as domination and off track topics.
Get more buy-in from meeting participants.

Topics covered are...

Keys and tips on making meetings the best they can be.
How to set and create an effective agenda.
Selecting meeting roles that make sense.
Getting your participants involved and engaged.
Keys to getting others to collaborate in the meeting.
Following the 7 important meeting steps.
Tools for collectively generating ideas and making good decisions.
How to ensure you have better and better meetings.
Setting up the meeting room for optimal performance.
How to record the output of meetings.
Staying in control of the meeting.

Other topics include...

Tips and tools for remote meetings
Problem solving and creativity


This seven hour workshop is highly interactive. The participants collectively create a model of an ideal meeting. They will experience all the critical meeting tasks including planning, framing, warming, focusing, "follow-throughing", and evaluating meetings. Each person will practice leading meetings by conducting a mini-meeting using many of the simple interactive tools we teach them.

Tailored to your needs

This workshop may be tailored to fit your particular needs.

WorkbookLeading Effective and Engaging Meetings Workbook and Coaching

This book, which comes with the workshop, is an excellent guide and resource that provides detailed descriptions and "recipes" of meeting concepts and tools/techniques. You will learn how to make your meetings more productive and engaging through:

Concepts: All of the basic concepts for running effective meetings, including keys to effective meetings, the meeting process, room-set-up, meeting roles, dealing with difficult situations, problem solving process, facilitating, 14 keys to collaborative teams, and more.

Tools: Tools for running meetings, including templates for agendas and action planning, warm ups, idea generation processes, decision making processes, and ways to evaluate the meeting.

Recording: Principles for recording ideas and meeting content.

Optional collaborative focus

For this option, participants will learn ways to ensure greater collaboration and participation from their meeting attendees. The focus will be on how to build greater meeting involvement through sharing information, group decision making and idea generation.

How our training differs

There are many ways that we take pride in our training program. Here are just a few:

All of our Leading Effective Meetings workshops are taught by our Master Facilitators. Each of our trainers have over 15 years in leading effective meetings as a professional. They know the ins and outs of making all types of meetings productive.

Leading Effective Meetings focuses on the importance of becoming very clear about the expected outcomes for each agenda item. Most programs only focus of the purpose on the meeting itself.

Our Meeting Management Training stresses the need to be explicit when the group is making decisions, generating ideas or sharing information, and to do only one process at a time. Meetings become extremely unproductive when attendees make decisions, generating ideas and share information at the same time. Most training programs do not make this distinction.

We are experts at teaching our meeting leaders how to engage their attendees so they feel involved. We provide simple tools for helping leaders get others to make collective decisions, generate loads of ideas and share information effectively. No other training program does this.

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