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Could your organization be having better meetings?

Save time, get better results, and start enjoying meetings with our professional meeting facilitation and meeting trainings.
What We Do

People spend hundreds of hours in meetings. Organizations devote thousands of hours to them. You have a choice: dull, unproductive meetings – or effective meetings that engage people, feel good, and get things done. We help with that through:

Meeting
Facilitation

Run meetings for organizations as an objective, outside expert.
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Meeting
Trainings

Engaging workshops that teach employees to run effective meetings.
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Meeting
Design

Consulting services to improve meetings and interactions.
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Areas of Work

We make more of your meetings ones that efficiently generate better ideas, truly include participants so they feel respected and valued, and result in real action – while cutting down on meetings that are boring, pointless, wastes of time and money. We work with companies, associations, government agencies, and nonprofits to tackle three common meeting categories:

meeting training for staff meetings, board meetings, and team meetings

Small Meetings

Staff or board meetings, committees, brainstorming, etc.

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Conferences

Big meetings that include conferences and presentations.

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Networking Events

Mixers and networking socials at conventions or conferences.

We do one thing and do it well:

Improve Your Meetings

Meeting
Facilitation

Our meeting facilitation services focus on engaging, participatory meetings with an eye on real results. The on-site meeting facilitation is informed by pre-meeting design, prep, and research. We can also assist as a corporate retreat facilitator, board retreat facilitator, or conference facilitator.

  • A professional facilitator draws on expert meeting skills most employees don’t have.
  • Hiring a meeting facilitator frees up your time.
  • Meeting facilitators work to hear all voices to get the best solution.
  • Ensures a well prepared meeting, respecting employees’ time.
Meeting
Trainings

Think about how many hours you’re in meetings. Can they be better? Surprisingly, most employees have never had any meeting training. Even a short course on group facilitation skills or effective meetings training can pay dividends year after year — be it professional development for employees or a training for new managers. And while a meeting about meetings can sound dreadful, our meeting skills trainings are hands-on, productive, and fun.

Effective Meeting Skills business course

Effective Meeting Skills

A meeting skills training course; plug-and-play facilitation techniques.

meeting management course on improving brainstorming and innovation for new products and solutions

Getting
Great Ideas

Improved brainstorming and innovation for new products and solutions.

staff meeting or board meeting makeover for more effective meetings

Staff/Board
Meeting Makeover

Fix your regular meetings to be more efficient and enjoyable.

reduce your dependence on PowerPoint in meetings

Minimizing
PowerPoint

Share info with impact – and without boring slides.

strategic planning workshop and board and retreat facilitator

Strategic Planning Workshop

Learn ways to examine your strategy and plan better.

facilitation skills course for nonprofits and associations

Collaboration for
Associations & Nonprofits

Solve common issues with innovation and collaboration.

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Meeting Skills for
Consultants

Get better results in team meetings or client meetings.

tips, tricks and consulting to improve or reinvent your conference

Reinvent Your
Conference

Keeps what works, fix what doesn’t and improve your conference.

design your own meeting facilitation training

Build Your
Own Training

Choose topics specific to your organizations’ needs.

Training Process

While a great meeting can seem elusive, we pull back the curtain, explain the magic trick, and then teach you to do it yourself. Through active learning and hands-on professional development, you’ll learn how you can be running effective meetings. These are plug-and-play meeting skills you can use immediately.

requirements for professional development classes
Select a meeting training or make your own.
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Coordinate on issues
before the training.
active learning meeting management courses
Participate in meeting training; learn-by-doing.
certified meeting facilitation training
Apply your new meeting skills immediately.

Studies find that a third of our meeting time is wasted.
Get your hours back!

Inquire about other stand-alone or add-on pieces, including: Panel-Moderator Training, Creating Change, Forging Agreement, and Meeting Training for New Managers & Supervisors.

Meeting
Design

A more consultative process, meeting design helps you restructure your meetings to better serve their purpose. For example, if a goal of your annual conference is to build connections between members, but it doesn’t do that, a meeting design engagement helps you tweak the event to effectively connect attendees. Or, if your staff meetings are all talk and no action, redesigning the meeting agenda and flow can give you that change.
Our Clients Say
fun and effective meeting training workshop testimonial

Lee's workshops are a perfect balance of fun, value, learning, and excitement. You and your team will have an excellent time – and it will positively influence your entire culture. I highly recommend his workshops.

Vlad Korobov Product Manager and UX community organizer August 6, 2019

I walked away with new meeting design tools that I will definitely use at work

The Better Meetings workshop was hands on, informative, and drove home the message that it doesn't take much to make meetings better with simple techniques. I walked away with new meeting design tools that I will definitely use at work.

Flora Le Director of Compliance at 2U August 6, 2019

this meeting training has gotten me to really think differently about how to significantly improve our meetings in new ways

The training and advice have been easy to implement in my day-to-day gatherings, board meetings, and even our conference. But, more than that, it’s gotten me to really think differently about how to significantly improve our meetings in new ways.

Everard Davenport Director of Community Development at US Ignite August 6, 2019

Founder

Lee Gimpel is a meeting expert with a focus on improving meetings by making them more productive, effective, and engaging. Formerly, as Director of Development for LifeWise Strategies, he spent a decade overseeing the training/education company’s products that helped organizations design and facilitate better programs, more authentic client connections, and dynamic classes. There, he worked with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the USMC. Previously, he worked in the training-knowledgebase department at Capital One and started his career as a software product manager. His work blends meeting facilitation, audience engagement, human-centered design, and specific training with Liberating Structures, Technology of Participation, and improv.

Based in Washington, DC, Better Meetings offers meeting facilitation and meeting training courses in Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Reston, Tysons, McLean, Fairfax, Herndon, Springfield) and Maryland (Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Baltimore) – as well as nationally.

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How would your organization be different with better meetings?

Let’s Talk: (202) 975-MEET

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