University of Wisconsin–Madison

Effective and Engaging Meetings

Course Description

Meeting fatigue is real. Ineffective and unnecessary meetings are not only frustrating, they can lead to overall disengagement. In this course we focus on not only how to make meetings more engaging, but also how to make them more inclusive. Whether you are setting up your own meetings, running meetings for someone else, or a meeting participant, there are actions that you can take to make meetings better.

Why should you attend?

  • Plan effective agendas and properly prepare for meetings
  • Establish and clarify team roles and responsibilities
  • Manage difficult meeting participant behaviors
  • Use different facilitation methods to bring out contributions and creativity in meetings


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




Theresa Kim, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources


This course is part of the Fully Prepared to Lead program.

“It’s more than simply creating an agenda and taking minutes. There are many ways to make meetings work – and this class will help you find the one that works for you.”
Tim, Instructional Staff, English/ Program in ESL,

“Class focuses on most common issues with meetings. Gives good tips on modifying meeting agendas and identifying different types of meetings and how agenda can be tailored to the outcome expected of the meeting. Very effective and helpful class with simple solutions.”
Kimaya, Clinical Research Coordinator, UW Carbone Cancer Center

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