Lunch n Learn (Virtual) - Rethinking your Approach to Meetings

Ways of Working

Presentation Title 

Rethinking your Approach to Meetings


The presentation focuses on rethinking meetings for increased productivity and effectiveness. It highlights the impact of ineffective meetings on organizations and outlines key characteristics of effective meetings. It covers pre-meeting planning, effective facilitation, decision tracking, and post-meeting follow-up. The presentation introduces meeting categories and when to consider incorporating workshops.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three common characteristics of unproductive meetings and articulate how these characteristics negatively impact teams,
  • Learn at least one tangible takeaway to implement in their meetings to make them more effective
  • Distinguish between different types of meetings identify at least two scenarios where a workshop-based approach would be more effective than a traditional meeting.

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the Impact of Ineffective Meetings: Participants will gain insights into the negative consequences of unproductive meetings: wasted time, decreased productivity, and reduced team morale.
  • Meeting Optimization Techniques: Participants will be equipped with practical tools and techniques to optimize their meetings, pre-meeting planning, engaging facilitation strategies, and post-meeting follow-up.
  • Meeting Categories and Workshop Alternatives: Introduced different meeting categories and how to determine when workshops can be more effective alternatives for specific types of discussions and problem-solving.

Speaker Bio


Caitlin Anderson and Seema Habash

We are Caitlin Anderson and Seema Habash, and we are the founders of Thinkly Solutions. We have 18+ combined years of experience in consulting, where we managed complex projects and led business process enhancements. We are Agile and Design Thinking certified and are skilled in bringing together cross-functional teams in remote and hybrid environments to reach the best outcomes.

Caitlin Anderson is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner. During Caitlin's time at Uber and IBM Consulting, she successfully led complex cross-functional initiatives. She has a proven track record of managing diverse teams and delivering results that exceed expectations. She worked in China as a participant in the IBM Corporate Service Corps. As part of this global leadership development program, she facilitated design thinking sessions and provided pro bono consulting services. Caitlin holds a BA in Economics from UVA.

Seema Habash is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner. While at IBM Consulting, Seema gained expertise in strategic consulting, designing and facilitating workshops, and conducting situation analysis. Throughout her experience in team leadership, she created environments that brought diverse perspectives together to come up with the best solutions that meet end-user needs. Seema holds a BS in Information Systems, BS in Marketing, and an MBA from UMD.


Contact Info.





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Type of category: Lunch N Learn

Type of activity: Ways of Working

Date: February 15th, 2024

Hour: 12:00 to 13:00

Number of PDUs: 1