Five Good Ideas Podcast

Five Good Ideas about running effective meetings

Five Good Ideas Podcast
Five Good Ideas about running effective meetings

In this session, originally recorded on January 22, 2019, we look at how to run effective meetings with Dr. Rebecca Sutherns.


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Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings. Yet that’s precisely where many of us spend too much of our time. We know that working together is a good and necessary thing, but we also know that getting the right combination of people in a room together (or in a virtual space – even worse…) is not enough to ensure effective collaboration. Join Certified Professional Facilitator Dr. Rebecca Sutherns for Five Good Ideas on how to run meetings that are purposeful and engaging. Learn how to create the conditions that can transform time wasted as a group into time well spent.


Five Good Ideas

1. Know your why

2. Plan in chunks

3. Pay attention to content and experience

4. Hold your script loosely

5. Use strong process to offset poor behaviour



1. The Purpose Revolution by John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen, March 2018, Berrett-Koehler,

2. Facilitation Planning Template,

3. The Fearless Organization by Amy C. Edmondson, November 2018, John Wiley and Sons

4. Nimble: Off Script but Still On Track by Rebecca Sutherns, March 2019.

5. “Dysfunction FAILURE!” One of many helpful facilitation resources available from Michael Wilkinson of Leadership Strategies.


About Dr. Rebecca Sutherns

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns ( is an insightful and high energy collaborative strategist and world class facilitator who has served as a trusted advisor to hundreds of mission-driven organizations in Canada and internationally. Rebecca brings intellect, enthusiasm and more than 20 years of varied experience in strategy development and collaborative leadership when speaking, writing and mentoring. She is a skilled communicator, with a particular gift for helping leaders make wiser decisions faster. As the founder of Sage Solutions (, a Guelph-based consulting firm, Rebecca has facilitated customized strategic processes for community benefit organizations for more than 20 years. She provides strategic coaching and planning services, with an emphasis on professional facilitation, stakeholder engagement, governance and evidence-based decision-making. Rebecca is the author of the book, “Nimble: Off Script but Still On Track. A coaching guide for responsive facilitation.”

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