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You may have sworn off Buzzfeed Quizzes during work hours, but this is one quiz that could actually help you find the secret weapon that your organization has been missing. The CEO of Leadership Strategies and Certified Master Facilitator™, Michael Wilkinson put together the quiz below to find out whether or not your business group sessions are masterful, and how you might benefit from a professional facilitator.

Are Your Meetings Masterful?

In The Secrets of Masterful Meetings, Michael defines a “masterful meeting” as “a well-prepared, skillfully-executed, results-oriented meeting with a timely start, a decisive close, and a clear follow-up plan.”

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You may be a Hermione Granger because Belle is your favorite Disney Princess, but are your meetings masterful? Answer the following questions based on the last two or three meetings you led. In responding, score each question based on the scale below. Try to be as accurate as possible in your assessment. (If you really want to have fun, have someone who regularly attends your meetings score this for you, and then compare the two scores!)

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Quiz

1. Participants knew the purpose and agenda for the meeting in advance.

2. The right participants were at the meeting; they arrived on time and stayed for the duration.

3. The meeting started on time and ended on time or early.

4. The meeting’s purpose, desired products, and agenda were reviewed at the start of the meeting.

5. People spoke openly, honestly, and respectfully, with one conversation occurring at a time.

6. The discussions stayed focused and on topic.

7. All participants were engaged in the meeting; no one dominated the discussion.

8. There was adequate dialogue and debate prior to making decisions.

9. Disagreements were handled constructively.

10. Any dysfunctional behavior (e.g., doing other work, speaking with disrespect) was addressed.

11. Prior to ending the meeting, all issues, decisions, and actions were reviewed.

12. The meeting produced a valuable result that could not have been achieved without a meeting.

13. Following the meeting, a summary of decisions and actions was distributed to all participants.

14. A follow-up process was used to ensure all assigned actions were accomplished.

Scoring the Quiz

After adding your scores from your answers above, use the guide below to interpret your score.

56-70:

Your meetings are generally masterful! More times than not people enjoy attending your meetings because they know the meeting will be purposeful, focused, and productive, and will achieve an outcome worthy of the time invested. You might benefit from facilitation training to be able to make your meetings the best they can be.

42-55:

Your meetings are typically above average. While your meetings generally achieve the desired goal, there are areas for improving meeting effectiveness and efficiency. Pay close attention to the lower scores to identify areas to improve. You might consider bringing in a professional facilitator for a process improvement session with your organization, so you can focus on getting results.

28-41:

There are significant areas for improvement in your meetings. Look closely at your preparation steps to ensure that every meeting you hold is necessary and is carefully planned. Consider training in engaging people in discussion, resolving disagreement, and managing dysfunction. Feel free to contact us to find out what facilitation solution would be the best fit for you.

Under 28:

Your meetings are far from masterful. You may find that people create opportunities to miss your meetings! Consider taking a training class, or using a Certified Master Facilitator™ to lead your oh-so-important sessions, such as an annual strategic planning session. Browse your options here.

A Professional Facilitator Can Really Help?

In short, yes. Believe it or not, it is humanly possible to do every single item on this quiz every time. Professional facilitators are trained to help lead groups, creating buy-in and building consensus along the way, to help them achieve their unique goal.

Interested in bringing one of our facilitators into your organization to lead your next big session? Give us a shout. Our Client Relationship Managers will hook you up with the best professional for your needs. (They’re really great.)