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Saving the world –
one meeting at a time

The world needs better meetings.
Make yours more efficient, engaging – and fun!
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

Create agendas and activities 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 get you to real action items – 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:

Small Meetings

Staff or board meetings, committees, brainstorming, etc.

Conferences

Big meetings that include conferences and presentations.

Networking Events

Mixers and networking events within companies and at conferences.

We do one thing and do it well:

Improve Your Meetings

Meeting
Facilitation
Our style stresses engaging, participatory meetings with an eye on real results. This is informed by pre-meeting design and research. We can do facilitation for meetings, retreats, and conferences.
  • Frees up your time; let someone else worry about the meeting.
  • Draws on meeting expertise most employees don’t have.
  • Works to hear all voices, without bias, to get the best solution.
  • Ensures a well prepared meeting, respecting employees’ time.
Meeting
Trainings

Think about how many hours you’re in meetings or run meetings. Can they be better? Despite being asked to be in and run hours and hours of meetings, most employees have never had any meeting training. Even a short training can pay years of dividends. While it’s true that a meeting about meetings can sound dreadful, our trainings are hands-on, productive, insightful, and fun.

Effective Meeting Skills
101 & 102

Basic meeting skills training with plug-and-play techniques.

Getting
Great Ideas

Develop innovative new products, services, and solutions.

Staff/Board
Meeting Refresh

Tweak common meetings to be more efficient and enjoyable.

Minimizing
PowerPoint

Share info with impact – and without boring slides.

Tools for
Strategic Planning

Examine your strategy and plan better.

Collaboration for
Associations & Nonprofits

Solve common issues with innovation and collaboration.

Meeting Skills for
Consultants

Get better results in team meetings or client meetings.

Reinvent Your
Conference

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

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. These are plug-and-play skills you can use immediately. Don’t expect to be sitting through a PowerPoint.

Choose a training package or make your own.
Coordinate on issues
before the training.
Participate in training as you learn-by-doing.
Apply what you’ve learned 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, Gamification, Meetings for New Grads and Hires.

Meeting
Design
A more consultative process, meeting design helps you restructure your meetings to better serve their purpose. For example, if an objective of your annual conference is to build connections between members but it doesn’t do that, a design engagement helps you tweak the event to effectively connect them. Or, if your staff meetings end up being all talk and no action, redesigning the meeting format and flow can give you that change.
Our Clients Say

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

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

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 an expert on improving meetings by making them more productive, engaging – and fun. Formerly, as Director of Development for LifeWise Strategies, he spent a decade overseeing the training/education company’s products that helped organizations develop 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 facilitation, audience engagement, human-centered design, and specific training with Liberating Structures, Technology of Participation, and improv.

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

Contact
How would your organization be different with better meetings?

Let’s Talk: (202) 975-MEET

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