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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

Q: What do we do 10 hours per week, but we never learned to do?
A: Meetings

It’s understandable that bad meetings are epidemic; most people never learn how to facilitate meetings other than by watching colleagues … who also never learned.

  • But what if you really enjoyed your meetings?
  • What if your meetings were twice as good?
  • How would it change your organization?

It’s not impossible; it’s amazing what even a few hours of training can do. While a great meeting can seem elusive, we let you experience it, then we pull back the curtain, explain the magic trick, and then teach you to do it yourself. These are plug-and-play skills. Trainings are fun and interactive and tend to be a half-day to two days with results that are instantaneous. Don’t expect to be sitting through a PowerPoint.

We do one thing
and do it well:

Better
Meetings

We improve meetings for companies, nonprofits, and associations that have specific, limited, short-term training and facilitation needs. We make your meetings better.

What we’re not

Although improving meetings can be a quick, effective first step in improving culture and efficiency:

  • We’re not a good fit for organizations seeking large-scale cultural change.
  • We don’t provide leadership coaching, management consulting, sales training, change management, or conflict resolution.
  • We don’t do year-long engagements.
  • We’re not typical meeting organizers or event planners who worry about coffee service and buffets.

If, however, you want to quickly and easily learn how to improve meetings and do them better yourself, or if you want someone to facilitate a meeting, call us.

Trainings

Meetings about meetings? Yes, it can sound dreadful. But our meeting trainings are hands-on, productive, insightful, and fun. Inquire about half-day, full-day, and two-day pricing for your team or organization.

Better Meetings
101 & 102

Powerful plug-and-play techniques for many scenarios.

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.

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: Moderator and Panel Training, Creating Change, Forging Agreement, Gamification, Orientation and New Hires, and Super Effective Networking. Plus, we can do on-site facilitation for you at meetings, networking events, and conferences.

Training Process

 Will you become a meeting expert overnight? Maybe not, but each training lets you experience a great meeting so you understand it, can replicate it, and easily apply what you learned right away.

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.
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

About

Lee Gimpel is an expert on improving meetings, trainings, and conferences by making them more productive, engaging – and fun. He’s passionate about making meetings not suck. As Director of Development for LifeWise Strategies, he oversaw the training/education company’s products that focused on helping professionals develop better programs, more authentic client connection, and more dynamic classes. There, he worked with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and University of Kentucky, as well as numerous banks, community nonprofits, and coaches. A frequent conference presenter, he often speaks on topics related to improving conversation, crafting effective environments, and gamifying content. Previously, he worked in the training/knowledgebase department at Capital One. And, before that, he had a successful career as a business journalist, writing for publications such as Inc., Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and Entrepreneur. At the time, he also served as board chair of a large regional writers’ nonprofit that produces monthly panels as well as a well-regarded conference. He started his career as a software product manager – while traveling the conference circuit during the late dot-com era. His work blends training related to engagement, human-centered design, facilitation and presentation skills, including Liberating Structures, Technology of Participation, stand-up and improv comedy.

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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