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How to Chair Creative Meetings: Tools and Techniques

Sometimes you need your meeting to deliver a creative idea or solution to a problem. And there’s an art to chairing creative meetings.

So, in this video, I’ll suggest my favorite tools for facilitating creative meetings. These will help you grow your confidence as a meeting facilitator, and generate more and better ideas.

Watching this Video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)

This video is part of course module number 2.3.2
Program 2: The Manager as Communicator
Course 3: Meetings
Section 2: Chairing Meetings

Primary videos that precede this video include:
– Planning Your Meeting https://youtu.be/u0hqoWIecNU
– Meetings as Conversations https://youtu.be/42kngpo0MPE
– Meeting Discipline https://youtu.be/NWLKP4Lk3BA
– Hosting the Meeting https://youtu.be/MyyoRz4fKP8
– Housekeeping https://youtu.be/U3PfBOBeqBY
– Managing the Meeting https://youtu.be/cRap-SJ8tpQ
– How to Deal with Challenging Participants https://youtu.be/BX6xoc3qg0Y
– What to Do When Your Meeting Goes Wrong https://youtu.be/PuikZ7Z9hds

Primary videos that follow this video include:
– How to Close Your Meeting https://youtu.be/S0V2-NsLFSs
– Meeting Minutes and Follow-up https://youtu.be/97j9Nq8UuGk
– How to Run a Facilitated Meeting https://youtu.be/HyTaF6WQHZI
– Four Special Meeting Types and How to Run Them https://youtu.be/w_Ulehs8DEw

The tools I discuss in this lesson, for chairing a creative meeting are:
– Brainstorming
– Brainwriting
– Frameworks/checklists (like PESTLE, SWOT, 5W+H)*
– Clustering – Affinity diagrams (post-it brainwriting)
– Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats (link to the book, below)
– Word or Picture association

PESTLE: Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal, Environmental
SWOT: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
5W+H: Why, What, Where, When, Who, How

1. Spend some time reviewing this video and your notes. Make a cheat-sheet of tools you can use for your meetings and paste it into your meeting notebook – or whatever you take to your meetings. (2 MC CPD Points)
2. Reflect on meetings where you have seen creative thinking work well. And also others where it has not worked. What creative meeting techniques have you seen that you can adopt? What would have been helpful tools for the meetings that did not work? (2 MC CPD Points)
3. At your next two meetings, try t improve the quality of the thinking by deploying one of these methods in each. After the meeting, reflect on what happened and how effective those strategies were. (2×2 MC CPD Points)

Free Resources
– CPD Tools – https://gum.co/MC-CPD
Paid resources
– Management Courses Onboarding Kit – https://gum.co/MC-ObK ($3)

– Running Meetings (HBR) https://geni.us/uTtzzH
– Meetings Suck https://geni.us/PnqAf
– Bad Meetings Happen to Good People https://geni.us/ehWHWW
– Six Thinking Hats https://geni.us/d8uq3

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Links to our book recommendations are affiliated through Amazon


Seating Psychology in One-on-One Meetings
Power in the Meeting Room: Psychology of Seating Positions
Four Special Meeting Types and How to Run Them
Facilitated Meetings: How to Run a Facilitated Meeting
Chairing Meetings – How to Prevent Group Think
Chairing Meetings – What to Do when Your Meeting Goes Wrong
Chairing Meetings – How to Deal with Challenging Participants
Chairing Meetings – How to Facilitate with Authority
Chairing Meetings – Setting Ground Rules
Chairing Meetings – How to Reduce Meeting Cost
Attending Meetings – Using Flipchart Effectively
Attending Meetings – Using Projector and Slides Effectively
Attending Meetings – Project Presence and Authority
Attending Meetings – Reduce Wasted Meeting Time
Chairing Meetings – Meeting Minutes and Follow-up
Chairing Meetings – How to Close Your Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Managing the Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Housekeeping for your Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Hosting the Meeting
Chairing Meetings – Meeting Discipline
Chairing Meetings – Meetings as Conversations
Chairing Meetings – Planning Your Meeting
Attending Meetings – Structured Response Formats
Attending Meetings – Making an Effective Meeting Contribution
Attending Meetings – Networking and Relationship Building
Attending Meetings – Preparing to Attend a Meeting
Attending Meetings – Are they the Best Use of Your Time?

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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