Enhancing Meetings and Conferences
Academic studies repeatedly find that most managers spend at least 40% of their time in meetings, and that about 50% of meeting time is inefficiently used. In a tough economy, improving the effectiveness of meetings can provide a significant competitive advantage. The consultants of The DWC Group have trained leaders across the US and overseas in techniques from the field of dialogue facilitation, thus helping to make managers make the meetings more simultaneously more efficient and inclusive. Some of the focus areas of this work include: agenda construction, properly planning pre-meetings, effective facilitation, and using technology to accelerate results. We can also use our skills in assessment and survey design to conduct meeting efficiency studies, which can help precisely clarify where an organization needs improvement.
The meeting strategy skills we employ in improving regularly occurring meetings also apply to conferences, and thus are relevant to meeting planners and resorts. Our specialty is helping clients examine the relationship between meeting objectives, preliminary activities, process design, and participant expectations. By examining these elements holistically and bringing to bear our skills in process design and dialogue facilitation, we help clients create innovative structures for conferences and meetings that result in both greater audience engagement and satisfaction and the client meeting more of their objectives.
Some of the clients who have taken advantage of our skills in conference design and meeting enhancement include:
- Kellogg Foundation
- Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, Greensboro, NC
- Alliance for Non-Profit Management
- National Medical Association
- Western Justice Center, Pasadena CA
- Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
- Mountain House, Caux, Switzerland
- Joint Center for Political and Economic Policy, Washington DC
- American Association of Colleges and Universities