7 Steps to More Productive Meetings
Get More Done and Save Time
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2016
Run time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Another dreaded meeting. Another time waster leaving many unsure over what the meeting is about or why they were asked to attend. Do meetings have to be this way? No so, say meeting researchers Emily and Dick Axelrod. They’ve whittled down their 60+ years of combined experience in helping institutions large and small plan and execute meetings into a precise effective system called The Meeting Canoe©. In this video, you’ll learn all about their system and how to create meetings that will cause your meeting goers – even that hard to please IT crowd - to genuinely say their time was well-spent.

  • Discover a totally new system for creating useful, engaging, and meaningful-to-all meetings
  • See how this new system works for project meetings, virtual meetings, and town hall meetings
  • Discover the video game principles that keep meeting goers from looking at their smart phones
  • Master the ways to rescue meetings from the dominators who talk too much or go off on tangents
  • Pick up effective techniques for dealing with late-comers, early-leavers, and conflict-makers
  • Understand how to accurately predict if your meeting will be a success or a failure
  • Learn to stimulate the brains of meeting goers using methods derived from neuroscience
  • Emily and Dick Axelrod are co-founders of the Axelrod Group, Inc, a performance improvement consultancy known for transforming business interactions into collaborative human experiences. Recognized for the work they’ve done by the New York Times, Inc., and Forbes, they’ve bettered meeting practices for companies across North America and Europe for more than three decades. Their books include Let's Stop Meeting Like This: Tools to Save Time and Get More Done and Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations.

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    Comments about oreilly 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings:

    I used this video by having leaders of three teams i know share it with their groups and pick parts of the video to utilize in their own meetings. A few of the most helpful applications were the meeting canoe most helpful for the groups i meet with in a number of ways;
    First the meeting canoe - many restructured their meetings to pay attention to the welcome and connect portions.
    Second, virtual meetings using the suggestions offered for improvement.
    Third, town hall meetings - changing the dynamic of no interaction.
    This video should be a must for anyone responsible for running meetings or helping others with their meetings

     
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    An Enduring Instructional Tool and Ongoing Reference

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      Comments about oreilly 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings:

      7 Steps to More Productive Meetings is both an instructional tool and ongoing reference designed to aid those who organize, prepare for, and facilitate or run meetings.

      Dick and Emily Axelrod draw upon years of organizational development consulting work to provide viewers with a succinct, focused, and practical package of the thinking, principles, and execution practices that lead to participative, valued, results-oriented meetings.

      Their description of "The Meeting Canoe" as a tool to guide meeting planning and facilitation and their explanation of the relationship between game design and meeting design distinguish their work for other meeting videos and texts.

      The videos bring to life and complement key points from their book "Let's Stopping Meeting Like This." If one wants rapid instruction on how to conduct a meeting with greater participation or a reminder on ways to deal with challenging meeting participants, it is easy to find supporting content without completing an entire course. Each video is conveniently arranged in a simple topical format that follows the flow of a meeting. Furthermore, the videos quickly convey the most important points in an average of between three and five minutes per video.

      The combination of graphics, clear application-oriented process descriptions, and Dick and Emily's supporting stories make this a relevant, valuable, enduring series that users will find themselves referring to and sharing at multiple points during a project, a year, or a career.

       
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      Finally... Saving us from endless meeting boredom!

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        Comments about oreilly 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings:

        As an organization development consultant I work with many organizations that invest a lot of time, money and energy in meetings...many of which are ineffective and stultifying. Previously the solution was thought to be have less meetings!

        Now The Axelrod Group provide a useful and practical guide to making those meetings more effective and, could we possibly imagine, even engaging! 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings is appealing because, in a world of complexity, 7 steps is simple and doable. Applying any of these steps will enhance meetings while working with them all can transform meeting experiences in dramatic ways. Highly recommended!

         
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        Wonderful Pragmatic and Actionable Advice

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          Comments about oreilly 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings:

          This course offers real world insights and tips to implement immediately. They are grounded in real world experiences and apply to how work happens in today's over-scheduled business environment. They also help to recalibrate meetings to be more collaborative, which are generally more productive and better help move businesses forward. I would recommend this course to any level and any industry.

           
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            Comments about oreilly 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings:

            We have used the Meeting Canoe to redesign our Town Hall meeting and the meetings went from very limited involvement (no questions) to extremely engaged meetings. We developed the meeting with stakeholder involvement, determined a clear purpose, used the Meeting Canoe to structure the meeting, used round tables, 20 minute timeframe for presentations and at the end of each presentation asked, "What did you hear/learn?" and "What would you like to learn more about?" We have each table discuss and report out on the questions and we capture the data and respond to questions. We now have very productive Town Hall meeting and now conduct all of our meeting using the above techniques. Our Joint Health and Safety meeting is lead by an hourly person using the above and has dramatically improved engagement and the attend to the end always helps us capture who's responsible for what and a timeframe for completion. If you follow what Dick and Emily teach you will be amazed at the results you will get!

             
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            Great Video

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            Comments about oreilly 7 Steps to More Productive Meetings:

            Dick and Emily Axelrod's very practical, straightforward, easy-to-understand video is chock full of practical tips and techniques for making meetings work. The many real life examples provide interest and additional ideas. I like the chapter approach, so it is easy to watch or review a segment for just a few minutes. Great insights and to-dos for meeting designers, leaders and participants.

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