FewerFasterBolder meetings

If your meetings are taking too much time, achieving too little and draining your team's energy, you’re not alone. For many people, internal meetings fill the day, leaving little time to do their own work. Meetings are in crisis but most of what we are told about improving them isn't useful. Meeting success is not rooted in superficial tasks, like writing an agenda, any more than great leadership is about pinning up company values in reception.

FewerFasterBolder is an evidence-based approach to transforming meetings for good. It is a philosophy and toolkit developed for the knowledge era based on collaboration, not control. Discover what really underpins successful collaborative meetings — and a set of practical, human techniques that you can implement straight away. FewerFasterBolder is based on research from Dr Carrie Goucher from the University of Cambridge and has been used by many organisations including Ricoh, MBNL, UK Parliament, Pfizer and the NHS.

Let's make meetings the leaps forward in clarity, action and trust that they deserve to be.

Course Overview

  • Standard Price

  • Public Sector Price

  • Charity < 15 Staff

  • Charity 16-30 Staff

  • Charity 31+ Staff

  • *per person, excluding VAT
  • Duration

    1 day
  • Location

  • Requirements

    This workshop has been designed for those leading meetings on a regular basis. There are no other requirements.

Course Overview

What you will learn

In this one-day workshop, you will:

  • Understand why industrial era meeting techniques don’t work in a collaborative environment where things are changing all the time.
  • Get to grips with some of the psychology of meeting behaviour… so you know what to say in every situation.
  • Explore and experience new formats for different types of meetings
  • Learn how to hear all voices in a meeting and enable everyone to put ego aside and work together more effectively.
  • Learn collaborative techniques that you could use immediately to improve any meeting.
  • Redesign a meeting you’d like to improve and test it live to get immediate feedback.
  • The art of not having meetings - have fewer meetings, get out of diary gridlock and find space to breathe in the working week again.

We can offer two variations of this workshop: Meeting Design Studio which focuses on the redesign of one or more existing meetings and Master Facilitator which focuses more deeply on mastering the facilitation of all meetings.

Using what you learn, you can expect to:

  • Reduce current meeting time by 30-50% – Ricoh managers reduced theirs by 75% in the first 6 weeks.
  • Improve the quality of meetings dramatically – sharper discussions and outcomes, no more circles and rabbit holes.
  • Build better relationships and more trust though clearer and less frustrating interactions with colleagues in meetings.
  • Get to the heart of what really matters sooner and make good decisions and logical trade offs.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop has been specifically designed for:

  • Leaders and managers who want to use their team's time more effectively
  • Project managers who need their team to be more self responsible, faster and more productive
  • People who are working in an agile way in a waterfall organisation who want to draw in the rest of the business to new ways of working
  • Everyone who spends too much time in meetings

People who are interested in any of these might find FewerFasterBolder useful as it takes inspiration from all of these approaches:

  • Agile and Lean
  • Holacracy
  • Open space technology and Unconferences
  • Lean start-up
  • Clean communication, radical candour and servant leadership
  • Managing Your Chimp with Steve Peters
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Helen Leighton24 days ago

Group Learning Events

Looking for a private group event for your team, or even your whole organisation?

We can organise a date that works for you, and we can tailor the content to your team. Our private workshops can be held online, inhouse at your workplace or here at Happy's HQ in Aldgate, Central London (following current government guidelines).

Find out more and enquire now

What's it like to learn with Happy?

We offer complete individual involvement and participation on all of our workshops. In this video, Nicky delivers a short session about the different Communication Styles, and how they affect the way you work with and manage others.

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See our available course dates, or contact us for bespoke options.

FewerFasterBolder meetings
There are currently no upcoming public course dates available. Please email our team on hello@happy.co.uk and ask to be added to the waiting list for this course. We'll let you know as soon as a date is available.

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Why choose Happy?

  • Learn the skills you need to succeed
  • Fun and interactive workshops, whether online or face-to-face
  • Learn in a confidential environment with our experienced facilitators
  • Small class sizes to give personal one-to-one support
  • Private group options available
  • No quibble money-back guarantee on all courses

The Small Print

For Face-to-Face Live Online Learning

All learners will need to install Zoom on their machines. Full technical requirements are on the Zoom website. Your link will be included in your joining instructions once you have booked your place — if you haven't received this email then please contact our team.

Each of the Zoom sessions will be roughly 2 hours long and include a short break. You should reserve out 10am to 4.30pm in your diary for the learning. This will allow you to join the interactive workshops and have time to reflect and do the assignments in between. We believe immersing yourself in the content for a whole day will create deep learning and lasting impact. 

Learners should log into the training session 10 minutes before the start time to ensure that they have downloaded and set up Zoom correctly. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals.

Your active participation is expected: everyone will be heard and seen throughout, just as they would be if we were in a room together. To be heard, hear and seen you will need a microphone, speakers and camera — if you have a modern laptop that’s all you will need. Remember, you’ll need a quiet place to call from and a decent internet connection is a must.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

For classroom sessions

The course will run from 10am to 4:30pm (lunch is served 1pm to 1:45pm — we offer a choice of 3 cold bowl dishes). Please be careful to arrive by 9.45am for registration and refreshments. The course will start precisely on time and it may not be possible to go back over material missed by late arrivals. If you arrive over 30 minutes late you may be asked to leave and attend another day.

Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before booking for our payment terms and cancellation policy.

The happy Guarantee

We want everyone to go away from our courses feeling as though they have learnt useful, practical skills that they can use straight away when they go back to work.

If you don’t feel that your training has been useful or if you are unhappy in any way, please get in touch with our Customer Services team within 30 days of the course. We will be happy to offer you additional support and training free of charge to help you to gain the skills you need, or if you’d prefer, a full refund.

Coronavirus Policy

In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak we want all of our customers to be reassured that we are working to maintain the highest standards of Health and Safety. We are monitoring the situation closely and are following all current Government guidelines.

Please see our Coronavirus Policy for more details and the latest information.

If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. You can leave a message on 020 7375 7300 or email us at hello@happy.co.uk.

Did you know...

...private and public sector organisations around the world are adopting the principles of Holacracy?

That's because giving power to self-organising teams instead of traditional management hierarchies has given rise to far greater productivity.

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