Better Meetings by Design

  • What is an effective meeting? From project kick-offs to postmortems, great meeting experiences are filled with empathy, trust, and cross-disciplinary collaboration that leads to new ideas. The most effective meetings are the ones where we allow exploration and risk, but ultimately hone in on the smartest stuff. So how do you get your team, department, or organization headed in this direction?

    Proper facilitation, visual thinking, and real-time capture are all critical in order to bring harmony to the natural tangents that happen in our brains during meetings. Tactics like these help teams process the problems they’re tackling early in the process, and enable them to act upon that understanding. These tactics are fundamental building blocks of a good design process, and as a result, bring design thinking into the traditional meeting. Well designed meetings lead to better outcomes.

    What You’ll Learn

    • Meetings & cognitive processes (your brain)
    • Facilitation basics
    • Role structures for meetings
    • Decision-making patterns that work
    • Critique basics
    • Better presentations
    • Specific meeting exercises around product development and ideation

    Who Should Attend

    Anyone who wants better meetings in their workplace, but it’s geared for:

    • Design professionals
    • Marketing & communications professionals
    • Project managers
    • Product managers
    • Meeting facilitators for design projects