Making Meetings Work: How to design meetings to energize rather than bore

September 26, 2017
Tue 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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Collective impact involves A LOT of meetings. These meetings are often critical for building relationships, sustaining momentum, and maintaining accountability between partners. Many meetings, however, meander, lack focus, and can suck the air out of our initiatives.

In this online training, Paul Schmitz, senior advisor to the Collective Impact Forum and CEO of Leading Inside Out, will share tools and strategies to help you design meetings that energize and reach your goals, rather than waste your time (and patience.)

This training will explore design factors like how to:

  • Clarify roles and expectations between attendees
  • Design your space to be engaging and accessible
  • Keep your goals and purpose at the center
  • Focus agenda on engagement, not reports and stick to schedule
  • Maintain commitments and accountability among partners
  • Learn to organize meetings that matter and that people won't want to miss.


  • Paul Schmitz

    Paul is a senior advisor to the Collective Impact Forum.

    Paul is the first Innovation Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact. He is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (Jossey Bass, 2011) and the former CEO of Public Allies, where he spent 21 years helping more than 5,600 diverse young leaders turn their passions to make a difference into careers working for community and social change.

    Paul writes and speaks frequently on leadership, diversity, civic participation, social innovation, collective impact, and community building. He is a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, a board member of Independent Sector and The United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and the former co-chair of Voices for National Service. Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign's Civic Engagement Policy Group, was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Obama to The White House Council on Community Solutions.

    Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received their Graduate of the Last Decade Alumni award. He has been recognized by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, by the Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most powerful and influential nonprofit leaders in America, and by Fast Company Magazine with their Social Capitalist Award for innovation.