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A project management meeting

Listen to a project management meeting to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Advanced: C1


We can declare a meeting is effective only if we have agenda, time-borders and right people.
Needless to say that without agenda the meeting will transform into chatter or even worse so that you have to plan your meeting carefully. Furthermore, if we don't have time-borders the meeting will lasts forever and we won't have the result. Finally, since the meeting is all about people and agreements between them, having right colleagues on it is a key.

I think that you have to talk about only to a few specifics issues and try to don’t start from zero. It’s better If you ask people for devising solutions before the meeting, then you won’t waste your time.

Oh, that's the question right for me because I hate ineffective meetings ))
First of all, you need to clear up who do you have to invite. It's important to invite only those, who really works at this particular project. Otherwise, needless people will be bored and they will distract you from the topic.
It's good to send useful information to all the attendees before the meeting so they can prepare and don't waste time during the gathering.
Another good point - having someone responsible for timing. Every meeting must be as brief as possible. Someone has to control discussions and prevent wasting of time for arguing and bla-bla-talks.

Meetings are necessary to boost productivity and efficiency . In fact, they are an inevitable part of everyday working life.They can either be productive or collaborative.
In my opinion, the employees have to be informed by the meeting's purpose before to do it.They'll have enough time to think about it in order to discuss with the manager and to give their opinions .The attendees have to be involved in the meeting .They aren't only part of it but they're enriching the meeting .A good manger who is encouraging employees to participate in the meeting discussion.The meeting's conclusion should be written in collaboration with all the participants .

I don't think that it will be necessary all that things that I'd have read on some comments. keep it easy and clearly.

1. Listen if one doesn't have something to say.
2. Make notes
3. Offer help.
4. Appreciate.

Regarding to my experience one of the important tips is to have trained and strict mentor.
Me and my colleagues visited some trainings about effectiveness and effective communication. Everybody knew rules and order of right meeting. But rules don't work if there is no strict facilitator. Bad facilitator can let to speak to members if his opinion is similar and stop the speech if his thoughts about subject are different.
As I think the best rules about conferences and decision's development at the meetings are defined in the book of Ray Dalio "Principles". I can't recommend it enough.

From my expirience, in my job as teacher, we all the teacher in our knowledge area, we have a team; and at the end of each period we attend a meeting programmed by the leader of our team. Also, some days before our leader sends us the schedule and so, we always know the topics for the meeting. We all say our point of view, do the assignments and at the end, the leader assigns tasks to do outside the session

When attempting to hold successful meetings, it is good to have a clear objective and decide whether the objective merits holding a meeting. Based on said objective, then it is convenient to decide what kind of a meeting will be held because the kind of meeting sets the structure of the agenda, i.e., if it is a decision-making meeting, the structure is one, but if it is a brainstorming meeting the structure is a different one. Also, it is important to determine who shall attend the meeting, since, to be efficient, it is essential that all participants be informed of the reason they have been invited to attend.
Depending on the kind of meeting, it will be important to havea facilitator -a person who will take care of the preparation, the logistics, and who will harness discussions in an objective and focused manner. A good facilitator will appoint a note-taker and a time-keeper, they will also insure a balanced participation from all attendees and help summarize key points, important conclusions and next steps. As far as participants is concerned, a good participant must always come prepared, show up on time, having done the pre-tasks -if any, and be ready to participate fully, always coming from a spirit of contribution and respect for the opinions of others, and willing to stick to the objectives set out for the meeting.
A meeting held like this is more bound to have a clear deliverable and next steps, leaving mostly everyone satisfied.
These would be the tips I would offer.

From my point of view, a well design meeting should consist of two things. Firstly, appropriate team members that are motivated to contribute without being selfish. Secondly, a leader to the team who is adequate to fairly collect all the ideas in order to avoid and ambuiguity around the team. It's the leader's duty to convene everyone in a way that each one could be efficient. In the end, if the team couldn't reach a consensus, it is also the leader's job to prevent any fuss between the members.