Brilliant Meetings: What to know, say and do to have fewer, better meetings by Duncan PeberdyBrilliant Meetings: What to know, say and do to have fewer, better meetings by Duncan Peberdy

Brilliant Meetings: What to know, say and do to have fewer, better meetings

byDuncan Peberdy, Jane Hammersley

Paperback | December 7, 2009

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Many of us feel that we spend too much time in unproductive meetings when we could be getting on with some ‘real’ work. Well, meetings are real work and effective meetings are the springboard for great results. Brilliant Meetings gives you the tips, tools and techniques to transform all your meetings into positive experiences. It shows you how to:

  • prepare better
  • get more out of meetings when you’re there
  • follow up effectively to get the results you need
  • attend only the meetings that matter
  • use meetings to boost your profile and your career

Brilliant Meetings gives you a commonsense, workable and practical approach to making all meetings brilliantly effective, for participants, meeting leaders and organisations.

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Title:Brilliant Meetings: What to know, say and do to have fewer, better meetingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.46 × 5.32 × 0.7 inPublished:December 7, 2009Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0273721828

ISBN - 13:9780273721826


Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1.  Next Time You Participate In a Brilliant Meeting


1.                 Using meetings to advance your career

First impressions

Choose your seat

Personal “Elevator Pitch”

Making the right contributions

Positive language


2.                 Meeting Ground Rules
Meeting Ground Rules - ACTION PLAN


3.                 Before the meeting
Meeting invitation

Review the Agenda

Considering your contributions


4.                 Contributions and presentations

Planning your contribution

Structuring your contribution

Contribution/presentation delivery options

Microsoft PowerPoint™


Delivering content

Checklist - Brilliant contributions and presentations


5.                 During the meeting
Choosing your attitude

Creating your positive attitude

Questioning Techniques

Body language


6.                 Blagging It!

If all else fails


7.                 After the meeting
Leaving the room

Meeting actions

Communicating outcomes


Summary and Brilliant Checklist


2.  Next Time You Prepare For a Brilliant Meeting


8.                 Why has the meeting been scheduled?
Meeting purpose

Meeting objectives

Meeting title

Essential meeting logistics

Constructing the Agenda

Costs and benefits


9.                 Who needs to be invited?

Choosing your participants

Who to leave out

Assign meeting roles


10.            When should the meeting be scheduled?
Meeting date


Time of day


11.            Where should the meeting take place?
Venue considerations

“More Work – Less Traffic”



12.            What else needs completing?
Reinforce ground rules

Distribute briefing notes

Collate presentations

Schedule catering and breaks

Meeting notes

Meeting invitation

Additional preparation


13.            In Room Meeting Resources – If You’ve Got Them – Use Them

Flip charts and whiteboards

Projectors, plasma and LCD Displays

Audio and video conferencing

Remote presenter

Interactive whiteboard

Visualiser / document camera

Response systems



Summary and Brilliant Checklist


3.  Next Time You Lead a Brilliant Meeting


14.            Setting the tone

First impression

Opening statement

Housekeeping issues

Meeting Reminders

Working with a new group

Reaching decisions


15.            During the meeting
Managing  the agenda

Managing and encouraging contributions

Questioning techniques

Dealing with challenging behaviour

Recognising body language

Dealing with conflict situations


Impromptu meetings


16.            Concluding the meeting
CLOSE on a high!


17.            Same Time - Different Place
Multi-location, but one leader


Cultural differences

Managing participation

Meeting evaluation


18.            After the meeting
Evaluate meeting feedback

Managing follow-up actions

Wider communication


19.            Do something different


Personal check-Ins

Ice breakers

Exercise and nutrition

Flipchart fun

The attention grabber

Breakout groups

Take away


Summary and Brilliant Checklist


4.  A Brilliant Meeting Everytime


20.            The Organisational benefits
Do bad meetings really exist?

Effect a change to a positive meeting experience

Understanding why people meet

Do effective meetings matter?

How much do Brilliant Meetings cost?

The Brilliant Meeting effect on:



Corporate Social Responsibility targets


Aim to be Brilliant – Make Meetings Matter