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This week’s discussion will assist you in identifying the essential elements that can make a meeting productive

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This week’s discussion will assist you in identifying the essential elements that can make a meeting productive. It will also help in learning how to manage challenges, issues, or problems at meetings and things to consider when identifying facilitator and participant roles and skills.

As in prior discussions, let’s go through the questions together one at a time, moving on to the next question once we have fully explore the current question. Time goes quickly, so start early! You can begin the discussion right away without having completed all of your readings. As you progress, you will need to meaningfully apply the readings.

First, let’s begin with a question based on your opinion:

  • In recent years, a common lament about meetings has been the increase of attendees checking e-mails or on their smart phones or tablets. Many claim this behavior is rude and/or distracting, while others feel that the ability to remain connected is vital. Should electronic devices be barred from formal meetings? Why or why not?

Now, let’s look at this week’s learning materials to discuss these questions:

  • What is essential to running an effective meeting? As you discuss this together, be sure to consider what leadership strategies work well in running a meeting.
  • What responsibilities do facilitators have? As you discuss, consider the types of challenges, issues, and problems that can occur at meetings due to poor facilitation and ways to prevent them.
  • What responsibilities do meeting participants have? Consider the types of problems that occur as a result of lack of participation, sidebar conversations, or confrontational meeting participants and ways to address and prevent those problems.


This discussion will be graded using a rubric. Please review this rubric prior to beginning the discussion. You can view the rubric by clicking on "Discussion Rubric" on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here module. All discussions combined are worth 30% of your final course grade.

Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. It is recommended that you write your post in a document first. Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to make your initial post, click on "Reply." Then copy/paste the text into the message field, and click “Post Reply.” 

To respond to a peer, click “Reply” beneath her or his post and continue as with an initial post.


Participation in this discussion assesses the following outcomes:

  • Analyze common factors that contribute to productive professional meetings, including face to face and virtual meetings. (CO3)
  • Examine leader and participant roles and skills in professional meetings. (CO2)
  • Recommend strategies to manage challenges, issues, and problems at meetings. (CO1)
  • Analyze staff behaviors in meetings that positively and negatively contribute to group dynamics. (CO1)
  • Propose recommendations for conducting effective meetings in a memo or email. (CO2, CO5)

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