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Preparing for a Meeting

By |2019-09-27T13:06:01+10:00August 30th, 2013|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops, Workshops|

It was Hendrik van Loon who once said that a meeting would be successful only if it had three participants - one of whom is away sick and another who is absent. Organisational life is never so generous to managers, however. Meetings have become an unavoidable aspect of a manager's job. Fortunately, unnecessary meetings can be eliminated; others can be made more effective. Important ingredients are planning and preparation, as the following points reveal... 1. Make sure you've called the meeting for a reason. Meetings should never become rituals. They cost time and money, so it's important to call a meeting only when one is warranted - to solve a problem, to coordinate activities, to disseminate and discuss urgent information, to reach a consensus or decision, to build morale, or to reconcile conflicts. So don't ask people to attend a listening-session if you can send a memo or newsletter instead. [...]

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How to Conduct a Workshop

By |2019-09-27T13:06:03+10:00August 23rd, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, School of Business, School of Management, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops, Workshops|

Workshops provide a forum for individuals and groups to explore areas of mutual interest or concern - skills, problems, or possibilities. And often the expectation is that you, as the manager, will lead and conduct the workshop, thus providing another opportunity for you to demonstrate your leadership and group skills - if you do it well. Here are some considerations to help you prepare for that next opportunity... 1. Do the hard yards early - get prepared. Preparation is essential. If you are not prepared, postpone the workshop until you are. Preliminary considerations should focus on: Timing - the topic must be relevant to the period and participants’ needs. Establishing outcomes - fuzziness upfront will create problems later. Deciding on essential knowledge and skills - pre-workshop training may be required to ensure effective participation on the day. Identifying possible attendees - wall flowers are merely excess baggage. Developing materials to [...]

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