Meeting skills

Learn to manage meetings efficiently

In this training course, meetings are compared with football, both physically and mentally. In both ‘games’, the chairperson (captain) and the employees (players) have a meeting (play football) in which they must keep to certain rules. The ball (i.e. communication) has to remain within the lines, which means that when people depart from the rules, the meeting comes to a halt. And, as in football, the ‘goals’ must be reached with half time included.

In depth:

What exactly will you take away from this course?

  • What is required to best prepare for a meeting (pre-game): who will be playing, when and where will it take place, what is the agenda? Preparing yourself mentally, ...
  • What are the ‘rules of the game’ in a meeting: to start on time, be prepared, keep to agreements, use intervals creatively to help stay focused, ...
  • Get to know your ‘players’: who is taking part, and how best to work together.
  • How to deal with interruptions: latecomers, phones, computers and mobile phones, ...
  • To-do, following the meeting (epilogue): draw up and send report, implement action points, motivate people...


What will you be reflecting on?

  • What is your aim in this meeting?
  • In which meetings are you all present, and is this always useful?
  • Who should legitimately be present at the meeting?
  • How can a meeting be shortened?
  • How can you make your future meetings more efficient?

What will you experience and do?


  • You will learn to chair a meeting yourself: sometimes as a referee (rules), sometimes as a trainer (coach players), sometimes as captain (a fellow player).
  • You will experience the importance of the 'rules of the game' and learn how to deal practically with interruptions.
  • You will create your own personal development plan with factual action points for the next meetings


What can you learn from each other?

  • What can you learn from others and what can they learn from you?
  • What have you applied and to what effect?
  • What did not work or not work sufficiently well – who did it work for and how?
  • What resistances do you have – how do others deal with them?
  • How do you apply this to your everyday life – sharing tips and tricks.

Duration: 4 sessions of 3.5 hours