Making Meetings Matter

It has been estimated that, on average, we spend 23 hours a week in meetings. Meetings are vitally important – if done well. Meetings help people feel included, trusted, and that they are important team members. They also give the opportunity for individuals and teams to contribute to the success of the company. Done badly, they are costly, inefficient, demotivating and the scourge of the working week.
Making Meetings Matter is an interactive session designed to equip participants with the skills they need to participate in and contribute to impactful meetings.

Course Content

Context Setting

To meet or not to meet?
(purpose, benefits and costs)

Before Meetings

Objectives, Agenda, Logistics.

During Meetings

  • Human / Business Dimension.
  • Introductions and roles & responsibilities.
  • How to enter a meeting – being ‘at the table’.

After / In Between Meetings

  • Complete agreed tasks.
  • Send the next Agenda*.
  • Prepare data / information needed.

Specific to Virtual Meetings

  • Be respectful of time – yours and other peoples’.
  • Location and other hidden messages.

Course Approach


  • Yourself to play an active role in meetings to ensure objectives are met and the time is well spent.


  • Good meeting habits – before, during and after you meet.
  • Set yourself up for success when planning or attending meetings.


  • Expectations about meetings.
  • The way you present yourself at meetings and consider how to be ‘at the table’ in every meeting.

Embedding Success

Post programme activities to support the transfer of learning and building of habits.

CHALLENGE: The value of time spent in meetings

  • Review the agenda in advance and consider your role.
  • How will you enter the meeting?
  • Set specific objectives you want to achieve.

CREATE: An Agenda

  • Be bold.
  • Offer to create and circulate the agenda for the next
    team meeting.
  • Ask for feedback as to how it impacted the effectiveness
    of the meeting.

 CHANGE: Your next meeting experience.

Prepare a social activity which will allow the team to learn more about everyone in the room.


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Why study with Alpha?

Innovation and creativity born from experience

We are thought leaders in instructional and learning journey design and holistic solution architects. We have extensive finance and investments experience combined with skills application to deliver performance improving results. We develop immersive learning environments that maximize time to productivity, support talent retention and added value to improving quality of hires.

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We are focused on mining the embedded organisational intellectual capital for the benefit of the next generation. We create and curate best in class practice gathered from our experience with the leading financial institutions. We design our programmes with the end in mind – what results are you trying to achieve with this intervention? What metrics will we set ourselves to achieve that?

Generation Proof

Quality and innovation, using current market and industry best practices, have made us a trusted partner in delivering dynamic and motivating training for the financial and capital markets. Our programmes are generation proof and responsive to evolving learner needs and styles. Our solutions use a multi-stakeholder engagement strategy that expands beyond relationships between the learner and learning provider. We create connections with managers, peers and the wider business to drive impactful return on investment..

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