How To Conduct Productive Meetings

How To Conduct Productive Meetings


Bethany Richard

Distinguished Toastmaster

PMIWDC Non-Member Rate

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Event Date
Event Location

Fair Lakes I, Lower Level Conference Center
12500 Fair Lakes Circle
Fairfax, VA, 22033

Agenda and Cost:

11:30 am: Check in and Networking
12:00 pm: Presentation
12:45 pm: Q&A
1:00 pm: Meeting Concludes

Membership in PMI is not required and there is no charge for attending this event, but preregistration is encouraged.

About the Program

A good portion of our work week is spent in meetings that take more time and accomplish less than they could. We’ve all attended meetings we thought were a waste of time, where the person who called the meeting had no clear agenda, went off track, or droned on and on…and on. Afterward you may have wondered why there was a meeting at all. Worse, we may be the ones responsible for such meetings! This session will focus on how to facilitate productive meetings. Topics that will be discussed include:
• Pre-meeting planning
• How to create a solid agenda
• How to handle the meeting productively, and
• How to end a meeting

If you ever shudder when you either have to lead or attend "another meeting," this session is for you!

Special Instructions: 

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PDUs Available: 
1.00 PDUs for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category: 

Event Keywords

Soft Skills


Effective communication, in general: audience, media / message, attention vs. "noise", etc.

Negotiation / Conflict

Tools and techniques for negotiations and conflict management / effects of personality traits, etc.

Team Building

Techniques for building trust, team identification, common purpose, etc.

Hard Skills

Resource Problem Solving

"War stories" in successfully working through severe resource constraints


Specific tips and techniques in the use of PM tools (SW, other)

About the Speaker

Bethany Richard

Distinguished Toastmaster

Bethany Richard began her military service at the Air Force Academy in one of the first classes to include women. She later served as a Captain in communications—electronics at Langley AFB VA. Educated as a civil engineer, she spent 7 years in the wastewater engineering field in Hampton Roads VA before stopping work to raise a family. Once her children were relatively self-sufficient, Bethany returned to the workforce and also joined Toastmasters, where she earned the designation of Distinguished Toastmaster, often called the Ph.D. of Toastmasters. Recently she took up painting, focusing on portraits.

And still, everywhere she goes, someone calls a meeting.

About the Fair Lakes Luncheons

PMIWDC's free monthly brown bag luncheons in Fair Lakes Virginia.

PMI Membership is not required, nor is preregistration. This forum provides local education, networking and the opportunity for certified program managers to earn continuing education credits (PDUs).

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