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Make your Meetings More Productive

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Language:  English
Focusing on how to receive maximum value for time invested, this book summarizes how the actions of both the chairperson and the participants can impact the success of business meetings.
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  1. Short on time? read this first 
    1. Business meeting essentials 
    2. Checklist for more effective meetings 
  2. How are your meeting management skills? 
    1. Are you an effective chairperson? 
    2. The value and cost of meetings 
    3. How much time do you spend in meetings? 
  3. Plan your meetings carefully 
    1. When is the best time to hold meetings? 
    2. Success is in the little things 
    3. Preplanned seating 
    4. Preparing the agenda 
    5. Plan to have refreshments at all meetings 
    6. The meeting location is important 
    7. Fewer people make for more productive meetings 
  4. Control the meeting at all times 
    1. Get off to a good start 
    2. Don’t misinterpret those yawns 
    3. Stand-up meetings 
    4. The 60-minute modular meeting 
    5. Control the discussions 
    6. Be decisive as a group 
    7. The high cost of meetings 
  5. Be a responsible participant 
    1. Question the value of your attendance 
    2. Be prepared for the meeting 
    3. Take an active part in the meeting 
    4. How to listen effectively 
    5. Death by powerpoint 
    6. Attention spans are decreasing 

In addition to discussing how you can improve the effectiveness of your meetings, this book indicates how the various factors such as location, timing, meeting environment, seating and attendance impact their success. It also directs an entire chapter to those who attend meetings, indicating how they can help increase the productivity of the meetings they attend. Guidelines for both meeting managers and participants are included, as well as advice on drawing up the agenda and an action sheet for participants.

About the Author

Harold Taylor

Harold Taylor, CSP, president of Harold Taylor Time Consultants Ltd., and now operating as Taylor In Time, was a Quality Control Supervisor and Plant Manager in industry for 12 years and a teaching master at Humber College of Applied Arts & Technology in Toronto, Canada for eight years before launching into the consulting business. He has been speaking, writing and conducting training programs on the topic of effective time management for over 35 years. He has written over 20 books, including a Canadian bestseller, Making Time Work for You. He has developed over 50 time management products, including the popular Taylor Planner, which has sold in 38 countries around the world. He has had over 300 articles accepted for publication.

A past director of the National Association of Professional Organizers, Harold Taylor received their Founder’s Award in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the organizing profession. He received the CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation in 1987 from the National Speakers Association. In 1998 the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers inducted him into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. And in 2001, he received the first Founder’s Award from the Professional Organizers in Canada. The award has been named in his honor.

Since 1981, when he incorporated the original time management company, he has personally presented over 2000 workshops, speeches and keynotes on the topic of time and life management. 

Harold lives in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He writes e-books for (25 to date), some of which have been translated into other languages, publishes a weekly blog at his website (also posted on Facebook & Twitter), a quarterly time management newsletter for his 2000 plus subscribers, sends out weekly tweets, and speaks to senior’s and other groups on “growing older without growing old” in addition to “time and life management.”

He is active in his local church, a member of the board of directors of Sussex & Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Fundy Silverados Friendship Club, writes a column on business in the Kings County Record, and performs additional volunteer work in his spare time.