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Going to a meeting

Constructive and effective participation

  • Business
  • Beginner
  • 2 Lessons
  • 2.00 hours


Course Overview

The aim

To give anyone who attends meetings the skills to contribute more effectively and deal with even the most awkward colleagues.

About the programme

This two-part series demonstrates how easy it can be to handle the various personalities you encounter in the meeting arena. By preparing yourself better, and knowing how to avoid conflict between participants, meetings will become far more effective. Suitable for anybody who attends meetings, this highly entertaining programme is based on a group of middle managers in a large hospital.

Part 1: Messing up a meeting

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.

Part 2: Meeting menaces

Meeting menaces contains five short sequences, all introduced by John Cleese. Jeremy fails to handle the destructive behaviour of each of the five menaces present at his meeting – the Waffler, the Turf Warrior, the Assassin, the Dominator and the Interrupter – and the meeting quickly becomes a farce. However, following guidance from Cleese, Jeremy learns the techniques for handling each menace correctly and gets the meeting back on track.

Meeting menaces shows how to cope with colleagues whose behaviour prevents meetings from being productive. 

'A good investment for refreshing the managers of today and training those of the future.'

Jan Golding, Training Magazine

Featuring John Cleese, this training video will arm you with the skills of dealing with awkward colleagues during meetings and making any meeting into a success. 

The key outcomes

  • Staff will learn how to get the best out of going to meetings
  • Quality of meetings will improve
  • Better meetings will build teams and improve performance

All Video Arts e-learning courses come embedded with our award-winning video: so your people are more likely to engage in the training and retain the messages. This two-hour course can be taken in bite-sized chunks and is designed to let your employees dip in and out for self-paced learning.

e-learning modules:

  • Trailer
  • Pre-test
  • Introduction
  • Performance review: what it is
  • Prepare
  • Listen to the evidence
  • Giving constructive criticism
  • Objectives and action plans
  • Your action plan
  • Knowledge check

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