In virtually every workplace people want the same 3 things - fewer, shorter and more productive meetings. 

  • Collaboration & engagement = Productivity

  • Strategic, forward-looking & focused

  • Ground rules and protocols that work

  • Decisive leadership that keeps things moving

  • Meeting diagnostics to determine your needs

  • Meetings designed to respect everyone’s time

Strategies for leaders, attendees, minute-takers and meeting organisers

Learn the techniques for effective meetings so you’re better equipped

Making positive change doesn’t have to be like a slow-turning ship

More effective meetings don’t just happen, but they can change for the better, one step at a time. By looking globally first at your company’s values and the unwritten (and written) ground rules you have in place, your meetings can be redesigned to suit your company’s philosophy and goals. 

As a well-known meeting tragic, I bring 35+ years of experience and excitement back into every aspect of your meetings (yes… excitement… not a mistake). 

I’ve been known to go to many local council meetings in Perth to observe the meeting procedures, just for fun. Well, actually, also to discover the many ways good meetings are run, so I can share this knowledge with others striving to improve their meetings. 

The slow-turning ship metaphor was intentional, as I often drive down to Fremantle to look at the ships coming in and out. Just as I find the logistics fascinating at the harbour, I also find process and procedure intriguing in meetings. Once you learn these skills, your meetings will run like a well-oiled machine….. or ship. 

Striving for more effective meetings can feel overwhelming, but if you break it down, it’s more achievable…

  • Broad strategies to decrease the frequency, number and length of your meetings

  • How to keep meetings on track

  • The most effective way to structure the agenda 

  • How to use the agenda as a guide for writing compliant minutes

  • Why meeting ground rules are crucial and how to use them

  • Good governance – what it means and how to apply it

  • How to increase engagement and buy-in

  • How to harness the knowledge, wisdom and experience of everyone

  • Tools to make your meetings more productive

  • Dealing with conflict and differing points of view

  • How to rescue a meeting that gets bogged down

  • Time management strategies before, during and after the meeting

  • Leadership skills on how to read and lead a meeting

  • Verbal and non-verbal leadership skills – when and how to use them

I’ve authored 4 books on meetings and meeting procedures, so I know my stuff. 

I work in small or large groups. I not only coach the group on how to have better, more productive meetings, I also can show you how, as individuals, to add value as a knowledgeable and active participant, raising the bar on every meeting you attend.

I’ve worked with local government, corporate, Not for Profits, community groups, sales organisations, anyone that meets.

Not sure how to start having more effective meetings? It may be you start with a meeting diagnostic where I’ll give your meetings a professional ‘once-over’. It’s like going to a chiropractor for your meetings. Minor adjustments can make a huge difference.

It starts with a phone call. (put contact details here)

We don’t go to work to have lots of meetings. We have meetings to make better decisions so the right work gets done.

“I think David knows more about governance than the Speaker in Federal Parliament but he is not the slightest bit boring or pompous about it. He has a clever knack for making meeting procedures engaging and simple. Not only that, he is also a fine speaker, entertaining, thoroughly prepared, well researched, emotionally intelligent and in touch with any audience.” 
Colin Pearce
Helping leaders put their strategic message over so it impacts, sticks and creates change