Productive Meetings

Course Information

  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019,
    9:30 AM till 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019,
    9:30 AM till 4:30 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    September 4, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 12 participants).
    Carl Emerson
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills Program
    GRACE Homepage


    Meetings are expensive. They cost time, they cost money, they take resources. This workshop gives candidates insights into the knowledge, skills and approaches they need in order to be able to run, contribute and even perhaps enjoy successful meetings.

    The aim of this workshop is to enable you to have an awareness of the main reasons people have meetings and what different approaches, tools and formats are needed to support these goals being reached. We will look at preparation, contribution and facilitation, communication styles, presentation techniques and how to manage energy and engagement.

    To make the best use of your time, meeting attendees need to understand the purpose of a meeting, what is expected of them in any role and if they even need to be present. We also need to acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to recognize, accommodate and apply a range of communication strategies in order to work in meetings with others most effectively.

    This workshop is very practical and each individual will be supported through a period of reflection and will be encouraged to create an action plan that they can use to facilitate their future contribution.


    • Best practice before attending meetings

    • How to handle yourself in the meeting

    • Getting the most from your time in meetings

    • Making your contribution have impact

    • Top skills for effective running of meetings

    • Different types of decisions

    • Developing a package of meeting tools to help engagement and deliver quality outputs such as Borda Count, MultiVoting, Brainstorming, Charette Procedure, Delphi Technique

    • Recognising communication styles


    • Theory

    • Practical/open questions

    • Working on examples, practical exercises in groups

    • Feedback from the trainer/the group

    • Action Plan

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates

    About the Trainer

    Carl Emerson (InsideOut Solutions) has worked with people at all levels, including senior managers, directors and multi-skilled teams across different geographies and cultures. He has delivered training courses in Egypt, Brazil, Mexico, China, The Philippines, Singapore amongst others and lived and worked in Belgium, the UK and now Switzerland.

    Originally a Chemist, most of Carl’s experience has been gained from the pharmaceutical sectors where he specialised in repairing and building relationships and productive cross-organisation teams, but he also has experience working in retail and further education

    Carl uses coaching proficiency, story telling, psychology appreciation, Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as knowledge and experience of training and development techniques in each interaction. He is passionate about helping people step into greater confidence and competance and has a unique blend of coaching personal insights to facilitate the unlocking of his client’s potential.


    15 h -> Preliminary work 1 h, lessons 14 h.


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel, GRACE room 306 (3rd floor) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

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