Online Class: Running Effective Meetings

This course on running effective meetings trains professionals to understand the correct approach to planning, conducting, and participating in business meetings.

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Course Description

Mastering the Art of Meetings: Efficient, Engaging & Effective

In a fast-paced business world, time is a precious commodity. And yet, how often have we all found ourselves trapped in seemingly endless, unproductive meetings? Enter our transformative course designed to revitalize the way you perceive, conduct, and participate in business meetings.

Course Highlights:

  1. The Science of Productive Meetings: Dive deep into the psychology and mechanics behind what makes a meeting truly effective. Understand the myriad factors that can either elevate or sabotage your gatherings.

  2. Precision Planning: Grasp the art of meticulous preparation. From sending timely and informative meeting notices to crafting agendas that inspire action, we'll help you set the stage for a successful meeting even before it begins.

  3. Leveraging Technology: In an era of digital transformation, harness the power of cutting-edge tools and platforms to streamline your meetings. From virtual collaboration tools to AI-driven agenda setters, get hands-on with the future of business interactions.

  4. Addressing the Hidden Time-Wasters: Identify and rectify those stealthy productivity drains. Unearth surprising statistics on how repeated discussions, tardiness, inconsistent attendance, and poorly structured agendas can cripple productivity. By spotlighting these pitfalls, we'll help you navigate clear of them.

  5. Leadership & Diplomacy: Strengthen your leadership acumen not just to spearhead meetings, but to truly engage with and inspire every participant. Develop the dexterity to manage diverse personalities, ensuring everyone feels heard, valued, and aligned with the meeting's objectives.

  6. Interactive Case Studies: Dive into real-world scenarios where meetings have either driven monumental success or spiraled into chaos. Extract invaluable lessons from these instances, shaping your strategies.

  7. The Human Element: While processes and technology are pivotal, the heart of any meeting is its participants. Delve into the nuances of team dynamics, understanding individual motivations, strengths, and challenges. Learn techniques to ensure every voice is heard and every perspective is acknowledged.

Why This Course?
Meetings aren't just about discussing agendas; they're platforms for collaborative brainstorming, strategic alignment, and driving actionable outcomes. They are the lifeblood of any thriving organization. However, without the right approach, they can quickly devolve into unproductive time sinks.

This course isn't just about running meetings; it's about transforming them into powerful catalysts for change, innovation, and progress. Whether you're an emerging leader or a seasoned professional, this course equips you with a comprehensive toolkit to elevate every meeting you conduct or attend.

Step into a World of Empowered Meetings:
Embark on a journey that challenges conventional wisdom, replacing outdated practices with forward-thinking strategies. Discover how, with the right tools and mindset, meetings can become the most productive part of your workday.

Join us in redefining the art of the meeting. Transform them from routine obligations to dynamic platforms of engagement and action. Welcome to a future where every meeting matters!


  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Preparing for Effective Business Meetings

Effective meetings always start with great preparation and planning. Without establishing the groundwork and organizing, meetings can fall into chaos and confusion. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Designing the Agenda for an Effective Meeting

Good organizational habits are critical for running effective meetings. One way to achieve a structured approach to meetings is using an agenda. Additional lesson topics: How to Prepare for a Business Meeting; How to Write an Agenda for a Meeting 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Managing Effective Business Meetings

Effective meetings have strong leadership from both management and the chair of the meetings, to direct and guide everyone as efficiently as possible. Additional lesson topics: Several Ice Breakers; Rules on How to Conduct a Business Meeting 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Dealing With Common Meeting Problems

Managing personalities takes development of strong people skills. Additional lesson topics: Common Meeting Problems 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: When Too Many Meetings Are Too Much

Sometimes meetings are just not important enough to attend. We need to identify when meetings are necessary, eliminate the dead weight, and only hold the ones that bring value to the business. Additional lesson topics: How and Why to Reduce Meetings 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Make Meetings Work

Making meetings become more effective is a learned experience. Anyone can do it, once you know the right things to do. Additional lesson topics: Spice Up Your Company Meeting: Ten Tips for Planning and Success 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Managing Meetings for Productivity and Effectiveness

All managers strive to get the most productivity out of their staff. There is a whole business philosophy on improving value-added work called Lean Principles. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Making Use of Technology to Become More Efficient

More and more, we are finding ourselves in touch with clients, business partners, and suppliers located all over the globe. Technology has made it possible to conduct business in real time with each one of them. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Desired Skills of the Team

When individuals start to see wasteful processes and actions by others in the organization, an open dialogue can begin on how to improve. Additional lesson topics: Making Star Teams Out of Star Players; Four Great Teams in Business History 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Desired Skills of the Team Leader

Dealing with the many different personalities in the meeting is a daunting challenge for leadership. A skilled leader is able to recognize each individuals behavior, and to manage with confidence. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate how to prepare for effective business meetings.
  • Design an agenda for an effective meeting.
  • Manage an effective business meeting using techniques outlined.
  • Deal with common meeting problems.
  • Determine when too many meetings are too much.
  • Demonstrate how to make meetings work.
  • Summarize managing meetings for productivity and effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Running Effective Meetings
Course Number: 8900238
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (312 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I thought the course was extraordinarily helpful and I will recommend it to others. Thank you for the resource." -- Allen T.
  • "Overall, I thought that this course was very insightful. It gave me good information on how to maintain a productive and efficient meeting. This course was very helpful." -- Paetan B.
  • "This was very helpful. It covers everything -- eliminating waste, becoming more efficient, and how to be a more effective, strong leader." -- Jake W.

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