Leading Effective Meetings

Run effective, efficient meetings that leave employees energized and excited.


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Course runs from 8 a.m. – noon. Registration fee includes course materials, campus parking and catered breakfast.


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Learn how to avoid the meeting that drones on and on; that people disengage and stare at their smartphones; that Doug from Accounting highjacks or where the common consensus is “What am I doing here?”

According to a survey of US professionals by Salary.com, meetings ranked as the number one office productivity killer.

This session will show you how to run effective, efficient meetings that leave employees feeling energized and excited about their work.


  • The results from rapid experimentation with meetings over the past decade by startups and Fortune 500 companies that has produced universal success
  • The setup, preparation and structure for different types of meetings including:
    • Assemblies
    • Team meetings
    • Post-game wrap up
    • Monthly Operating Reviews
    • Town Hall Meetings
    • Small Group Meetings
    • One on one meetings / coaching
  • How to overcome the greatest single barrier to a successful meeting
  • Strategies to set a clear and defined purpose for your meeting including specific desired outcomes
  • The best time for your meeting… (it’s most likely not the time you are currently holding it)
  • The ideal number of people for working meetings
  • The positive impact of preparing key attendees the day before
  • How to prepare the meeting room
  • An impactful productivity enhancer to assess if this is a meeting or email, and who needs to attend?
  • The important rule for reference documents
  • To create a compelling structured agenda that allows for discussion and keeps the meeting on track. 
  • How to be an effective leader by helping attendees ingest reams of confidential information and contribute without being overwhelmed
  • The logical order of questions for group discussions
  • When to host pre-meetings
  • Techniques to create dynamic teams that have a collective identify for maximum input and problem solving
  • How to keep meetings focused and effectively handle those who monopolize discussion time
  • Ground rules that create a professional and courteous framework
  • How to prepare yourself to challenge and be challenged
  • Techniques to debrief discussions that help others recognize gained insight, solutions and results
  • Follow up strategies to ensure people come away with the same interpretation of what went on
  • The success from Apple’s meetings to increase accountability by assigning a DRI - Directly Responsible Individual
  • How to close by providing a sense of accomplishment in any meeting
  • What to include on meeting minutes?
  • Public rewards of hard work
  • Establish a reputation for hosting meetings your colleagues will make every effort to attend


Nancy Drew is a dynamic business speaker with over 15 years high level business expertise who is recognized on an internationally working in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Nancy started her career as an entry level sales representative for a Fortune 100. She gained significant attention by repeatedly breaking every sales record established by the company and started on a steady progression of promotions. Nancy moved through mid and senior sales and general management, operations, marketing, and acquisitions until she was headhunted out by a large competitor. In her new role, she continued her success focusing on people development, revenue and profitability growth with a special focus of quality improvement and reporting to Wall Street. Nancy states “I was very fortunate! I think the secret was I simply took on the most under-performing companies that no one else wanted and was relentless in learning everything I could to restructure the business and the people into profitable and productive entities.”

In 2004 Nancy transitioned to being a management consultant; she launched Drew and Associates and traveled the world working with small to large organizations.

Nancy addresses the day to day needs and challenges business people are faced with. She is a high energy, interactive speaker who introduces common sense, easy to apply solutions. As a TV personality, she uses her journalistic drive to source out and share best practices and factual case studies from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Using these real-life examples gives attendees a successful plan they can immediately implement.
Nancy is a speaker and educator for San Diego Rady School of Management, Miramar University, Chevron, Toyota, Honda, Kellogg’s, Interpol Police Commission, Waste Management, Make a Wish Foundation, Orange County’s Workforce Development, and many others and actively works as business consultant to the medical and dental community.

Nancy is certified by five different sales training organizations, has an adult education certification and speaks on several topics for business, leadership and sales. When not at work Nancy works with the Orphan Ministry at Saddleback Church and is an active volunteer with Veteran Services.


*The Rady School of Management Center for Executive Development (CED) may change, postpone or cancel a class at any time.  We do not provide refunds for any fees related to travel, including but not limited to gas, bus fare, train tickets, airline tickets, etc.  Certificate requirements may also change. We will provide as much notice as possible should this occur.