Course Review: How to Honestly Rate Your Meeting Productivity

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How do you rate your meeting productivity? It’s simple: Stop doing what doesn’t work and start making your meetings great. It is possible to increase productivity and achieve your overall strategy. Meetings are an important part of this.
Today, I am reviewing Gord Sheppard’s online course on evaluating your meeting productivity. It’s a taster of some of his other products, and it’s completely free.
It takes less than an hour to complete the course, so you can do it during your lunch break. He is a professional facilitator of meetings and has written a book on productivity in meetings called How to create Awesome Meetings. He is ready to share his knowledge.
Initial Thoughts
A Course Curriculum checklist is included with the course. However, there isn’t much content. This is not a criticism. Gord himself states in the introduction video that it is easy to get through the content, but that the tools are powerful.
You don’t need much fluff if you are focused and ready to do the work. The checklist appealed to me because I like to check off boxes.
Get your Meetings Going Today
The best thing about the Thinkific course platform (which hosts this and many other courses) is the ability of playing the videos at different speeds. I read quickly and don’t have the patience to watch videos so being able view them at x1.5 is huge.
Gord is a dynamic presenter. The slides move quickly, even if you’re watching at normal speed. He demonstrates how to rate your current meetings on a scale of 1-10, and gives examples of good, average, and poor meetings. This is very helpful. It’s important to be honest about how you rate your meetings and yourself against his scale. But it’s worth it if you are willing to do it!
You can also download the matrix to share with your colleagues so that you have the resource as well.
Improve Your Meetings
The second and final lesson teaches you how to realistically determine where you can go. It will help to set a realistic goal for improving your meetings, based on where you are at the moment.
Although the course lacks practical strategies, Gord does share many resources and talks about what you can do. Not enough to be able implement them without further reading or help, but plenty to get you started if your willing to work hard.
This course is not about improving your meetings. It’s about how you rate your current meetings.
You can also use this checklist to help you create a meeting improvement plan.
Additional Thoughts and Final Thoughts
A certificate is also included in the course, so you can prove that you have completed it. A quiz and a tip sheet are included for additional motivation and guidance.
Although it’s a very short course, the matrix is useful. It can help you determine where your meetings are on the productivity scale. Plus, it’s free! It won’t take up too much of your time.
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This course was not reviewed for compensation. All opinions are mine.