Elise Keith is the founder and meeting maven for Lucid Meetings — an online meeting platform that helps teams run highly productive meetings. She’s also the best-selling author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization.
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- How Elise began her career in business and the fortuitous twists and turns that led her to where she is now.
- Why Elise was motivated to strike out on her own after observing far too much discord and dysfunction in the company she initially worked with.
- Elise’s observations about the structure of larger companies for making decisions and her decision to create a product that would help smaller companies structure meetings so that they could make the transition from concept to reality without the drama and dysfunction that was prevalent in her own organization.
- The things people need to bring into meetings to solve problems and move forward: intentionality, purpose, structure. And how having a system aided in that.
- The importance of following a process when conducting meetings, including having rules that work for your organization.
- How Amazon conducts meeting sand why it works for them. Not to mention how similar rules might work for other organizations.
- The way your business conducts meetings reflects on your entire operation. When you get things done in your meetings, prospective clients notice.
- Why meetings need structure and not just a set of rules or a code of conduct to follow. Structure can be anything from “icebreakers” to moments of silence before getting into the meat and potatoes of the meeting.
- The three main components of the meeting operation system: performance criteria, meeting flow models, and support.
- The importance of measuring meeting results. If your meetings aren’t productive, the way you’re conducting meetings has to change. But, how do you measure the results?
- Why you need to know, going into the meeting, what kind of meeting it is or what kind of meeting you need to schedule.