Meeting by Design: Using Human-Centered Design to Create Awesome Meetings

Portland Design Thinkers
Portland Design Thinkers
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[Interactive event: come ready to design things together!]

Do your meetings suck? If you're like almost everyone else, everywhere, the answer is probably yes. The hard truth is that most meetings are pointless interruptions of our productivity: spirit-sapping, soul-crushing, time-wasting exercises in tedium and distraction. Why, then, do we continue to hold meetings? Because as bad as they often are, they're still the most effective way for teams to reach important decisions, coordinate complex activity, and connect. Simply put, collaboration without meetings doesn't work.

Users of design thinking know this perhaps better than most. Creative problem solving is inherently collaborative, and when we use the right human-centered design thinking methods at the right time, we get incredible results.

But have you considered that the same is true for the meeting itself? And not just for brainstorming or prototyping sessions, but for every meeting? There is an underlying design pattern that makes every meeting better, and 16 distinct types of business meetings that -- when we use the right kind of meeting at the right time -- can generate incredible business results.

On April 23, we'll:
- Learn the underlying structure for every effective meeting
- Get a peak at the 16 types of meetings
- Investigate a common meeting challenge together (real-time contextual inquiry!)
- Prototype a 5-minute meeting exercise to address the challenge
- Experience methods from traditional design thinking, complexity facilitation, and traditional facilitation we can use in our own work

This interactive session will be led by Elise Keith, the founder of Portland-based Lucid Meetings, where their mission is to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day. Elise is also the author of "Where The Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization," and the founder of Meeting School, the world's only online educational marketplace dedicated to meetings.