The 411



$750 (+hst)
Discounts available.

Registration Closed

Meet the Instructor

David Kardish

David Kardish

David Kardish, APR, has over thirty years of experience working in all aspects of planning and communications in Canada and the United Kingdom. He has consulted to federal government departments, non-governmental organizations and private sector companies. Mr. Kardish has worked as a strategic planner, communications practitioner, evaluator, lobbyist, social marketer, and is a skilled adult educator, trainer and facilitator.

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"Got an appreciation for the complexities of meeting management and the variety of ways things can be both improved or made worse."

"The approach of the trainer made an intimidating subject seem manageable. The course outlined very detailed and practical steps."

"The content was very useful, but what I liked most was how responsive and supportive David was in aligning tempo and focus to our needs."


NOTE: The workshop content described below will be delivered through ZOOM ONLINE on two consecutive half-day sessions. Agendas and other relevant workshop documentation will be sent to you by the workshop instructor at least three days prior to the date of the first session.


This workshop is intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of anyone tasked with leading, managing, facilitating or attending a wide range of internal and/or external meetings on behalf of their organization.


Meetings, meetings and more meetings! For most of us, our workday is defined by the number of meetings we attend, sometimes as the meeting leader and/or facilitator and sometimes as a participant. Recent research tells us that 40 to 60 percent of managerial workdays are spent in either conducting participating in meetings. And for many organizations in the public, voluntary and private sectors, a minimum of 15 to 20 percent of personnel budgets are spent on meetings. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, skills and strategies you need to improve your meeting management and participation.




8:45 - 9:15 Introductions and Workshop Overview
9:15 - 9:45 Introduction: Meeting Realities
  • During this introductory session participants will learn about the different types of meetings, their purpose and the difference between a passive conversation and structured discussion
9:45 - 10:15 Meeting Responsibilities
  • Participants will discuss and learn about the roles and responsibilities of the meeting leader, facilitator, participant, note taker, timekeeper and parking lot attendant
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:15 Meeting Design
  • This session will focus on the critical steps required to design an interesting, interactive and outcomes-oriented meeting
11:15 - 12:00 Practical Exercise Session
  • Participants will take part in a case study exercise to develop an action-oriented meeting agenda
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 Meeting Management
  • This session participants will focus on the ins and outs of meeting management and the importance of body language, listening skills, verbal and non-verbal communications, and different forms of question development
13:30 - 14:00 Decision-Making Processes
  • Different decision making process will be presented, including the steps necessary to successfully guide a consensus-building process
14:00 - 14:30 Managing Individuals
  • Participants will learn how to engage the quiet ones, dropouts and whisperers while managing the meeting disrupters and potential hostiles
14:30 - 14:45 Break
14:45 - 15:30 Synchronous Meetings
  • This session will focus on the intricacies of managing meetings via the Internet, telephone conference calls and videoconferences
15:30 - 16:00 Practical Exercise Session
  • Participants will engage in a role-play on managing meeting participants
16:00 - 16:15 Wrap-up and Workshop Evaluation
  • Participants will take part in a short wrap-up exercise and complete an evaluation of the course