Running Meetings that make things happen
Are you the only one? The only person who doesn’t have a little cringe as you think about going to a meeting? Most business people say they go to too many meetings, when they mean they go to too many bad meetings.
As well as running important meetings for clients (whether board meetings, strategy awaydays or team meetings) , I’ve studied countless meetings and the issues that make them work, or not. As a result, I wrote “Running meetings that make things happen”.
This book will help you get things done and engage your whole team (including the quiet ones), so your meetings really work and things happen afterwards.
“Who hasn’t had frustrating meetings? This is a must-read for anyone finding meetings and conversations tricky or time-wasting” Clare Haynes, Wildfire
Have you ever wondered why some of the people in your team don’t contribute to your meeting as much as you’d like?
Running Meetings that make things happen” brings a fascinating perspective to consider when running meetings. Jon is an expert in drawing out the challenges facing introverts in today’s world, and brings some issues into focus that are often overlooked in the busyness of business. In his new book Jon helps the reader to understand interaction as an introvert experiences it, and brings much needed focus on this often misunderstood element of diversity today. If you want to learn more about the “introvert productivity gap” and understand how to get the most out of your quieter colleagues, then this short book should definitely be on your reading list.
Roger Fairhead, Prize Winning Leadership
Why have I written about meetings?
The most common place where business communications and business culture work together is meetings. Meetings are often a melting pot of communication styles, introverts and extroverts. Many meetings don’t work well (one survey shows 47% don’t work). Meetings are therefore the sensible starting place to start improving business productivity and getting the WHOLE team engaged.
Is this a book for introverts?
No, most certainly not. It’s written for everybody who runs meetings, who wants to make them more effective. Meetings are more effective when everybody engages, creating richer discussions, better understanding and more resilient solutions. We live in a world that seems to be getting more complex, yet we keep getting simpler answers – which don’t work! Involving all the relevant people in your meeting will help you create a better business.
Is the book all about introverts?
No, certainly not. It’s written for everybody who runs meetings that wants to get the whole room to engage in the meeting. If you get all the room engaged, you’ll get richer discussions, better understanding and more resilient solutions. One of the common problems reported is that introverts often don’t engage and extroverts do engage, the book explores this and solutions to it. However the book will help you get better engagement from everybody.
What about virtual meetings?
Virtual (or remote) meetings are increasingly common using technology such as Skype, Zoom or Teams. This book is NOT about technology, but it is about how to run more effective meetings and there are many “rules” common to both virtual and face to face meetings. In addition virtual meetings have issues which can be solved by the way the meeting is run. There is a chapter specially for running virtual meetings.
Where can I buy a copy?
How many times do you hear “meeting for meetings sake” ? I wish I had had this book at the start of my business life. It should be a handbook given to everyone when they start a new job. Meeting etiquette – what is it? who has it? who uses it? I have attended some well run meetings, with agendas, time-keeping, structure and actions – and I’m an EXTROVERT, but that doesn’t mean I want to join a room full of people who just waffle on, chit-chat or argue about the points.
If you are running, chairing, facilitating, managing or just ATTENDING a meeting, then this book is a must for clear guidance on how to attend, participate and run a meeting. Oh and PS, Introverts are very aware of Extroverts, but Extroverts can have a tendency to over-look an Introvert.
Brilliant piece of writing.
Vicky O’Farrell, Award Winning Personality Profiler
Who hasn’t had frustrating meetings? This is a must-read for anyone finding meetings and conversations tricky or time-wasting.
With a structure that you can dip in and out of, it’s a handy on-desk bible. Jon Baker captures how to manage meetings straightforwardly. This book is enlightening about the roles we need and roles we choose to adopt, tackling why different people interact predictably and unpredictably. We get to see how meetings play out from different angles, helping us to prepare and plan, for ourselves and others.
If you’ve ever wondered where to ‘put’ yourself or felt awkward in a forum setting, you’ll find answers here. It indicates when to talk, when to listen, and how to manage others doing so, to interact with valuable impact.
With this guide, we can see how people dynamics work between Introverts and Extroverts. It helps us to see where we fit in, how best to influence others personally and professionally and feel more confident in day-to-day face to face and online liaisons. From this tool we gain a sense of what helps to most effectively blend the different personalities in group conversations. This leaders’ meetings manual is a snappy read packed with tips!
Clare Haynes, Wildfire