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January Chapter Meeting - Reduce meeting time! Understanding 3 Facilitation Skill Principles and a Meeting Purpose Statement

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -
5:30pm to 8:00pm
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Overview and Learning Objectives

Quick, think about the worst meeting that you have ever been a part of. What does it look like? Common problems are; no meeting purpose, no one in charge, too many in charge, lots of talk but no decisions, and nothing written down. Another hour of my life I will never get back. Stop it! For most people, improving facilitation skills leads to a 5-20% productivity increase.

If you are attending these types of “no value/low value” meetings, use these principles to make things better, or consider not going. If you are leading these types of meetings, it’s time for a change. This discussion will give you a new perspective on meeting efficiency and productivity. It starts with the meeting preparation and a good purpose statement. We will help you to understand what a good purpose statement achieves and why all meetings need to be driven by the purpose statement. Paraphrasing Patrick Henry, “give us productivity or kill the meeting”!

Learning Objectives:
1. To be able to discuss the three core facilitation skill principles
2. To be able to demonstrate how to write a meeting purpose statement
3. To be able to discuss personal areas for growth and improvement in facilitation skills


5:30 – 6:35 Registering, Networking & Dinner
6:10 – 6:20 Chapter News
6:20 – 6:35 Networking event
6:35 – 7:50 Presentation
7:50 – 8:00 Door Prizes

Presenter Information

Mark Swiderski is the founder of Praxilient.  His company assists organizations from $10m to $77B improve their speed to market, streamline operations, gain measured improvements, reduce risk, and gain clear aligned organizational performance by improving operations and project performance.
Mark has 35+ years business experience, with 25+ years of helping companies achieve their goals through the skills of people, improved methods, and helps individuals grow their capabilities at all levels.  He is a global expert, author, and lecturer in the deployment of improved project management and operations performance.  Mark is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).   He received his M.B.A. from DePaul University.
Mark has worked for a wide variety of industries and functional areas from banking, utilities, manufacturing, and healthcare to professional sports.  He has participated or led teams that delivered more than $2B in project scope.  His organization has trained, coached, or developed more than 10,000 people from Functional Teams to Chief Executive Officers across the globe. 


Thrivent Financial, Appleton, WI

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ECBA Professional Development Credit Info:

Course Type: Behavioral Characteristics, Communication Skills, Interation Skills
Contact Name: VP of Administration
Contact Title: VP of Administration
Contact Email: ​Administration@newisconsin.iiba.org

Event Details: 
See above
Event Location: 
Thrivent Financial, Appleton, WI