BEFORE THE MEETING 40%

CHAPTER 1: WHY MEET?

To step off the assembly line of deadening meetings, ask yourself:

  • Why meet?
  • Why meet now?
  • How do we decide?
  • What kind of meeting do we need?
  • Who, when, where, for how long, and how much?

Guidelines: Taking time out together – awaydays and retreats
A story: A faith community takes time out

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“I like Meeting Together’s approach because it focuses on the 'together' rather than the 'meeting'. I recently had to bring together an international group of people to plan a major event and facilitate a process that would enable different stakeholders to have a common experience of hope. I especially liked the gentle – but rigorous – approach to clarifying the aims for the meeting and the methodology to suit. The 40:20:40 planning principle and the passion in the book for creating spaces for people to really build community around their work was just right for what we needed to achieve.”
Kate Monkhouse Convenor, Executive Team
Initiatives of Change UK building trust across the world’s divides