Making Meetings Matter

Course duration: 2.5 hours
Facilitator/Instructor: Karissa Sovdi and Carolyn Russell
Audience: Staff, Aspiring/New Supervisors, Supervisors, Managers, Leaders
Course description

Does your role at UVic require you to lead, support, or attend a lot of meetings? Are you or a colleague looking to develop your skills as a Chair, eager to enhance your action-item writing ability, or hoping to increase your committee involvement? We have all been in meetings that were highly valuable and other meetings that seemed completely ineffective. Come and learn about some principles, best practices, strategies and tools from both a Chair and Recorder’s perspective that can make the difference in planning and executing successful meetings within a university environment.


  • Recall when you lead or attended a great meeting? What made it great and why?
  • Recall when you lead or attended a “bad” meeting? What made it a bad experience for you?
  • Consider current challenges you may be facing in your “role” regarding your regular meetings (committees, staff meetings, etc.)

Learning Outcomes:

  • By the end of this session, you will be able to:
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of a meeting chair person, recorder, and participant.  
  • Identify the traits that are required to be effective as a meeting contributor whether as a chair person, recorder, and participant.  
  • Articulate and implement strategies and tools to foster meaningful meetings.