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The Create Awesome Meetings Podcast offers practical tips and inspiration that will help you make your next meeting more productive and profitable.

Hosted by Gord Sheppard, a Professional Meeting Facilitator, Consultant and Podcaster and survivor of more than 2000 meetings, this podcast features great information and fantastic guests who share real-life experience that you can immediately apply to make your meetings more effective.

So whether you're a Manager or a CEO, an employee, non-profit volunteer or a student, the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast will give you the meeting productivity tools you need to make your organization more profitable! And if you're looking for show notes you can find them at www.createawesomemeetings.com/podcast

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The Create Awesome Meetings Podcast offers practical tips and inspiration that will help you make your next meeting more productive and profitable.

Hosted by Gord Sheppard, a Professional Meeting Facilitator, Consultant and Podcaster and survivor of more than 2000 meetings, this podcast features great information and fantastic guests who share real-life experience that you can immediately apply to make your meetings more effective.

So whether you're a Manager or a CEO, an employee, non-profit volunteer or a student, the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast will give you the meeting productivity tools you need to make your organization more profitable! And if you're looking for show notes you can find them at www.createawesomemeetings.com/podcast

    CAM 023: Why Taking Action Creates Awesome Meetings

    CAM 023: Why Taking Action Creates Awesome Meetings

    Welcome! Let's look at why taking action creates awesome meetings starting now!



    On a scale from 1-10 would you rate your meetings as -5? Do you know that you need to do something about this but you just can’t seem to get the ball rolling?



    Would you like to learn how to get inspired and take action to make your next meeting amazing?







    Well then, today’s episode of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is perfect for you because in this episode you’ll learn:



    How to figure out what will motivate you to actually change your meetings

    How to get inspired by your favorite larger-than-life people from around the world

    How to get inspired by getting to really know the people on your meeting team

    How to be a great role model during meetings

    Why failing faster is a great way to take action

    How to create a series of small wins that will eventually add up to a large victory

    How to use the 10-step meeting productivity improvement system from the book ‘How To Create Awesome Meetings

    Why ‘paying it forward’ not only pays off for you and your organization but, also for your community

    How taking action and improving your meetings can be very profitable



    Quotes:

    "Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment own it."



    ~ Oprah Winfrey~



    "Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."~Lao Tzu~

    Link:

    www.terryfox.org



    And if you'd like even more great meeting productivity improvement tips and inspriation then check out the Meeting Leadership Podcast!

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    • 13 min
    CAM 022: How To Hire A Professional Meeting Facilitator

    CAM 022: How To Hire A Professional Meeting Facilitator

    Are your meetings a disaster? As in… the facilitator is incompetent and the participants are running the zoo?



    Would you like to learn a fast way to turn your meetings from bad into awesome?



    Well, then today’s episode of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is perfect for you because it is all about helping you learn how to hire a Professional Meeting Facilitator. In this episode you’ll learn:







    Why hiring a Professional Meeting Facilitator is a great investment

    How to ask the right kinds of questions that will help you hire a great Professional Meeting Facilitator

    What you should expect when you hire a Professional Meeting Facilitator

    Why it is so important to bring in an objective outsider who can help you sort through and prioritize you key issues

    How a Professional Meeting Facilitator can help you connect your meeting directly to your organization strategy



    A professional meeting facilitator is someone who has the right experience, credentials, and confidence to help you have an awesome meeting. They are objective - won’t put up with your current crap - and they will give you all the options you need to make your meetings successful.



    And if all of your meetings were successful, can you imagine what type of impact that would have on your bottom line?

    Quotes:

    “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”



    ~Colin Powell~



    “Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”



    ~Theodore Isaac Rubin~



    And if you'd like even more great meeting productivity improvement tips and inspriation then check out the Meeting Leadership Podcast!

    Send an email with CAM 022 in the subject line to info@meetingleadershipinc.com to get the FREE download!

    • 18 min
    CAM 021: Why Great Meetings Start With You

    CAM 021: Why Great Meetings Start With You

    When you’re in a meeting, how do you act? Do you check your phone, cross your arms and fall asleep?



    Or do you come prepared, keep your energy up and inspire everyone else in the room?



    Do you want to learn how to become the best that you can be during a meeting?







    Well, then today’s episode of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is perfect for you, because it is all about helping you learn how to take responsibility for yourself. In this episode you’ll discover how to:



    Ask yourself the right kinds of questions that will enable you to choose how you act during a meeting

    Find a variety of tools to become more self-aware

    Seek out a mentor who will help you grow personally and professionally

    Demonstrate that by taking control of yourself during meetings, you actually make your organization stronger and more



    Quotes:

    “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”



    ~Viktor Frankl~  Neurologist and Psychiatrist



    “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”



    ~Isaac Newton~ Physicist and Mathematician

    Link:

    Million Women Mentors



    And if you'd like even more great meeting productivity improvement tips and inspriation then check out the Meeting Leadership Podcast!

    Send an email with CAM 021 in the subject line to info@meetingleadershipinc.com to get the FREE download!

    • 13 min
    CAM 020: How Following Up FAST Creates Awesome Meetings

    CAM 020: How Following Up FAST Creates Awesome Meetings

    Do you and your colleagues follow up after each meeting? If the answer is yes, congratulations. But if the answer is ‘sort of’, ‘not really’ or ‘no’, then you may be leaving money on the floor.



    Consistent meeting follow-up is rare, but if you learn how to follow up effectively you can literally improve the bottom line for any organization you work or volunteer for.







    So, to help you improve your odds when it comes to following up consistently after your meetings, today’s episode of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is dedicated to giving you all of the tips and inspiration you'll need, including how to:



    Use the word FAST itself as a handy acronym to help you be more consistent when it comes to following up

    Figure out why it’s worth following up by making a list of your ‘top five reasons to follow up’

    Ask your staff about how they want to give and receive feedback

    Astonish each other by following up quickly and efficiently

    Make a checklist so you can standardize your follow up process

    Assign someone other than the meeting leader to gather data during meetings, and make sure they track the key points in a fluid data system

    Figure out the right level of money and resources you should invest to effectively follow up after a meeting



    How To Use The Word F-A-S-T:



    F - Feedback Loop

    A - Astonish Each Other

    S - Standardize The Follow Up Process

    T - Track Progress



    Send an email with CAM 020 in the subject line to info@meetingleadershipinc.com to get the FREE download!

    Quote:

    “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”



    Benjamin Franklin, A Founding Father of the United States

    • 14 min
    CAM 019: How Effective Listening Creates Awesome Meetings

    CAM 019: How Effective Listening Creates Awesome Meetings

    Do your colleagues actually listen to what you’re saying during a meeting? Or do they pay more attention to their phones?



    Would you and your team like to learn how to listen more effectively so you can have awesome meetings?



    If the answer is yes, then this episode of the Create Awesome Meetings Podcast is for you. In this episode you’ll learn how to:







    Get interested - because ‘the most interesting people are those who are the most interested’

    Repeat what you’ve heard so that whoever was talking feels acknowledged

    Say the person's name when you respond, because we all love the sound of our own name

    Remember what you appreciate about who’s talking, and if there isn’t much then make something up

    Talk less

    Make eye contact

    Turn off your phone

    Allow people to finish what they are saying

    Pick the right time to say your answer instead of just blurting it out before someone finishes speaking

    Relax and be present



    Send an email with CAM 019 in the subject line to info@meetingleadershipinc.com to get the FREE download!

    Quote:

    “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”



    Greek Philosopher Epictetus

    • 9 min
    CAM 018: Learn How To Fight So You Can Get Along During A Meeting

    CAM 018: Learn How To Fight So You Can Get Along During A Meeting

    Have you ever been in a fight during a meeting? Have you ever watched your colleagues yell at each other during a meeting?



    Would you like to learn how to fight so you can really get along?



    If so, then this episode of the Create Awesome Meetings podcast will be perfect for you and your team. In this episode you’ll learn how to:







    Save time and money by learning how to disagree more efficiently

    Become aware of your negative behaviour during a meeting

    Create a ‘fight-style’ inventory, as in, who is shy, too aggressive etc.

    Understand why it is worth disagreeing

    Never let a bad idea out of the room because of a fight

    Never put up with the status quo

    Establish your own unique set of meeting fight ground rules

    Make disagreements about the issue and not about the person

    Stop the discussion if it becomes too personal or if voices are raised

    Ensure that once a decision is made, then everyone supports it

    Bring in a professional Professional Meeting Facilitator or Meeting Mentor if necessary



    Because no matter what type of meeting you’re in, learning how to fight effectively will definitely make it more productive.



    Send an email to info@meetingleadershipinc.com to get the FREE download!

    • 11 min

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