Going to a meeting: 1&2

Messing up a meeting (Communication)

Constructive and effective participation


Jeremy prepares to go to a regular meeting with his colleagues. Unfortunately, his 'preparation’ involves grabbing a few papers and turning up late. John Cleese tries to warn him that this isn't good enough, but he is in too much of a hurry to listen. The meeting, inevitably, is a disaster for him. On his return, Cleese explains what he ought to have done and he gets another chance. The results of doing his homework properly produce an entirely different outcome.


Trainer Tools

  • GTAM Cert
  • GTAM Leader's Guide


Despite all the advances in communications technology there is often no substitute for a group of people getting together to talk. We need meetings. When they work properly they make our organisations run smoother and our teams more effective. And they are an important setting in which, as individuals, we can demonstrate our talents. Of course, when meetings go badly it’s a different story.
Making meetings go well isn’t just the chair’s job. All those taking part must prepare properly, turn up on time, make a positive contribution, avoid destructive behaviour and know how to cope with it when we encounter it in other people.
The training programme based on Going to a meeting, parts 1 & 2 demonstrates how to do this.


Those who work their way through the Going to a meeting, parts 1 & 2 training programme will be able to:
• Identify the problems caused by those who go to the meetings they attend (including themselves!)
• Recognise how to make a better contribution to meetings by: – doing their homework – keeping their contributions short and to the point – keeping cool
• Know how to deal effectively with destructive behaviour from: – wafflers – turf warriors – assassins – dominators – interrupters
• Devise an action plan to improve the contribution they make to meetings


Using Going to a meeting, parts 1 & 2
The programme can be used either as a conventional training course with a small group or for self-study by individuals. The pack contains guidance and appropriate materials for each use so it is easy for you to customise and allows you to print as many copies as you need for group or individual use.

The target audience
The programme is designed for anyone who goes to meetings, whether in their own team, within their organisation or with people, such as customers and suppliers, outside their organisation. Though the programme focuses on how those who are not chairing meetings can help to make them more effective, those who do chair meetings will also find it helpful.


Going to a meeting 1 & 2