Effective meetings, workshops and facilitation

Chairing your first department or team meeting can be a daunting prospect, especially for newly appointed middle leaders. We often confuse ‘strong chairmanship’ with effective leadership, or feel nervous about the presence of older, more experienced colleagues sitting on the sidelines. Good meetings require far more than clear agendas, good timekeeping and the provision of biscuits!

This course explores a variety of approaches to effective meetings, with an introduction to the art of facilitation, tips on how to achieve consensus, workshop approaches to help bond the team and effective ways of initiating change agendas. It explores the importance of ‘process’ as much as ‘output’ and ways in which meetings can increase the sense of ownership, involvement and mutual support amongst colleagues.

Who is it for?

New and aspiring middle leaders who would like to develop their repertoire of approaches in running effective meetings and workshops, or experienced heads of department who would like to refresh their skills.

What will you learn?

A range of leadership and facilitation strategies which will both promote the effectiveness of your team and its ability to take decisions. Practical tips on how to handle outspoken members who dominate the meeting or those who raise issues which threaten to de-rail the meeting. Workshop techniques which will help establish a ‘learning centred culture’ in your department.


  • The characteristics of effective and ineffective meetings
  • Meetings and your leadership style
  • Facilitation: attributes, ground rules and benefits
  • Workshop approaches
  • Gaining consensus and shared decision making
  • Learning centred leadership
  • Initiating change

Cost: £650 per day plus expenses for up to 24 delegates. Fee for larger groups on application.

“Friendly and informative tutor. Thank you. Great rapport, Really friendly. Great discussions where I had concerns.”

“Excellent opportunities for discussion and learning - Fab day. Thanks.”

“The mixture of activities was really effective: sharing theories; working with other colleagues to learn about different experiences from other schools and levels.”

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