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Elise Keith

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Elise is Lucid Meetings' co-founder, CEO and resident meeting maven. She's the author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization. She's also the author of Inc.com's Ask the Meeting Maven column, a regular contributor and expert commentator on all things business meetings (as seen in BBC News, SHRM Magazine, Industry Week, and the Savvy Dentist podcast), and a frequent speaker on the topic better meetings everywhere.

Elise leads Lucid Meetings' research, publication, and product management efforts, constantly seeking the best ways to make it easy for people to enjoy meetings that get work done.

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Templates

How to Run a Board Meeting Using Robert's Rules

Description of the Template and Guide Love, hate, hubris, and anxiety - Robert's Rules inspires strong feelings and opinions in those who have come to know them. Regardless of how anyone might feel about Robert's Rules, we still see this pillar of parliamentary procedure listed as the fall-back in board and organizational bylaws. If in doubt about how to proceed, they say, use Robert's Rules....

How to Run a Cross-Functional Weekly Update Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide This is the meeting agenda template the team at Lucid Meetings uses to run our weekly meetings. Needless to say, we think this format works pretty darn well. This meeting agenda template brings together leaders from different departments to share updates and reinforce their connections to the company and each other. While definitely work-focused, the tone...

How to Run a Daily Leadership Huddle

Description of the Template and Guide The Daily Huddle keeps management teams coordinated, focused, accountable and efficient. Lasting just 10 to 15 minutes, a Daily Huddles ensures everyone knows what’s going on each day. The Huddle also provides a fast way to get quick answers to any cross-functional questions. Use this meeting agenda template as a starting place when planning your team’s...

How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting (Anytime)

Description of the Template and Guide This meeting agenda template explains how to prepare for and run a solid decision making meeting. This straightforward process walks your team through the critical decision making steps. It doesn’t rely on any specific analytical frameworks or fancy group exercises. You can run this meeting as is, or use it as a starting place when building a more elaborate...

How to Run a Formal Board Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide Boards have many responsibilities and must abide by certain rules and formalities, but there is no one set way to run a board meeting. For every board meeting, the directors must still determine what topics to prioritize, how to manage the available time, and how to ensure the board members arrive informed and stay actively engaged throughout the call. This...

How to Run a Project Kickoff Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide This is the meeting agenda template the team at Lucid Meetings uses to run kickoffs for smaller projects. It covers all the basics, and gets everyone involved to create a strong mutual commitment to the project's success. During this meeting, you'll lead two separate discussions using techniques developed by expert facilitators and project managers. Between...

How to Run a Project Status Update Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide This meeting agenda template follows a standard format common in organizations with a well-developed Project Management Office. Most commonly scheduled as a weekly or bi-monthly meeting, this format is best suited for those managing cross-functional teams on moderately complex projects or programs.

How to Run a Remote Team Check-In Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide This meeting agenda template is inspired by Wade Foster's blog post about how the distributed team at Zapier keeps their work in synch and their team connected when meeting from different time zones. This meeting agenda template is best suited for small teams (10 or fewer people) who enjoy communicating in writing.

How to Run a Simple Board Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide Boards have many responsibilities and must abide by certain rules and formalities, but there is no one set way to run a board meeting. For every board meeting, the directors must still determine what topics to prioritize, how to manage the available time, and how to ensure the board members arrive informed and stay actively engaged throughout the call. This...

How to Run a Startup Board Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide Boards have many responsibilities and must abide by certain rules and formalities, but there is no one set way to run a board meeting. For every board meeting, the directors must still determine what topics to prioritize, how to manage the available time, and how to ensure the board members arrive informed and stay actively engaged throughout the call. This...

How to Run a Strategic Plan Quarterly Refresh Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide During this meeting, teams review their strategic progress and establish targets for the next 90 days. Part retrospective, part working session, and part time-out, running a Quarterly Refresh makes sure your organization’s strategy stays present in everyone’s mind, up-to-date with changes in your environment, and relevant to everyday operations. Use this...

How to Run a Successful Project Retrospective

Description of the Template and Guide This meeting agenda template helps teams learn from project successes and failures together, and commit to change based on what they learned. Use this template as a starting place when designing your next project retrospective, and adapt the agenda to fit your team.

How to Run a Weekly Leadership Team Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide Held at the same time and day each week, teams use this meeting to drive accountability and resolve issues impeding progress. This is an action-oriented working meeting rather than a reporting and information sharing meeting. The agenda leaves no time for reading reports or explaining delays. Instead, the time is spent working through high-priority issues...

How to Run a Weekly Update Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide Inspired by the written report format put together by the fine folks at Weekdone, this meeting agenda template adapts the PPP status report into a status meeting where people can discuss the information they share. Used by product teams, technology companies, and entrepreneurs alike, the Progress, Plans & Problems format provides an easy way to...

How to Run an Agile Standup Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide Fast, structured, and to-the-point, the agile stand-up is meant to keep a team fully in-synch on fast moving projects. As you might guess from the name, the "stand-up" was originally designed for teams that would stand up together in front of the board where they track their work using sticky notes. Most commonly scheduled as a daily meeting, this meeting...

How to Run an Urgent Problem Solving Meeting

Description of the Template and Guide This meeting agenda template helps a team find short-term tactical solutions to an urgent problem. The conversation includes time to gain a shared understanding of the problem, but focuses primarily on listing and evaluating possible solutions and the creation of a short- term action plan. Use this meeting to answer the question: “What are we going to do...

Contributed Blog Posts

Date Article Title Publisher

09/16/2019

How To Establish an Effective Decision-Making Process for Your Team in 5 Simple Steps Lucid Meetings Blog

05/28/2019

Want Better Engagement in Meetings? Take Some Tips From This Fabulous Ship Full of Nerds Lucid Meetings Blog

03/14/2019

6 Reasons Most Efforts to Fix a Bad Meeting Culture Fail and How You Can Beat the Odds Lucid Meetings Blog

09/05/2018

Maturing The Meeting Performance Maturity Model Lucid Meetings Blog

08/24/2018

Meetings and Productivity: Driver or Drain? Lucid Meetings Blog

07/30/2018

5 Steps to Improving Engagement in Meetings Lucid Meetings Blog

04/13/2018

Battle Axes to Boardrooms: A Discussion with Wilbert Van Vree Lucid Meetings Blog

03/22/2018

The Real-Time Agenda Technique Lucid Meetings Blog

02/04/2018

Using Ground Rules to Improve Engagement and Run Excellent Team Meetings Lucid Meetings Blog

01/05/2018

What Makes a Meeting Worth Attending? Lucid Meetings Blog

10/30/2017

A Periodic Table of Meetings Lucid Meetings Blog

09/23/2017

The 16 Types of Business Meetings Lucid Meetings Blog

08/18/2017

The 4 Meeting Agendas that Drive Strategic Execution Lucid Meetings Blog

06/11/2017

The Meeting Performance Maturity Model Lucid Meetings Blog

04/21/2017

Making Decisions in Meetings Lucid Meetings Blog

02/11/2017

Meeting Design: How to Create Standard Agendas for Your Business Lucid Meetings Blog

01/26/2017

A New Kind of Icebreaker: Create Meeting Notes Together Lucid Meetings Blog

12/17/2016

The Surprising Link Between Climate Change and Virtual Meetings Lucid Meetings Blog

12/03/2016

How often should you meet? Selecting the right meeting cadence for your team. Lucid Meetings Blog

11/14/2016

Meeting Execution: The Underlying Structure of Meetings that Work Lucid Meetings Blog

Recent Published Articles

Date Title Publisher
09/16/2019 7 Research-Backed Questions That Lead to Great Decisions Inc.
09/09/2019 8 Meeting Roles to Assign to Your Team to Inspire More Productive Meetings Inc.
09/03/2019 Can Your Meeting Kit Cut It? InfoQ
08/27/2019 Cisco Studied Over 15,000 Teams and Found 1 Simple Practice Consistently Improves Engagement in Meetings Inc.
08/20/2019 5 Office Snacks You Can Bring to Meetings (to Help You Stay Focused) Inc.
08/12/2019 Want to Better Connect with Your Team? Simply Break Out a Deck of Cards Inc.
07/29/2019 1 Surprisingly Simple Way to Run More Disciplined Meetings Inc.
07/24/2019 U.S. Secretary Ross Reportedly Sleeps Through Meetings. The Impact on His Department Is a Wake-up Call for Leaders Everywhere Inc.
07/22/2019 What's the best way to stay awake in meetings? BBC News
07/19/2019 Technology Won’t Make You Like Meetings, But It Will Make You Pay Attention Talent Management & HR
07/16/2019 Beyond the Conference Call: 4 Meeting Technologies Every Team Needs Tech Funnel
07/09/2019 New Study Reveals That Most Leaders Are Making This Big Mistake in Meetings Inc.
07/01/2019 Beyond the Conference Call: 4 Meeting Technologies Every Team Needs Social Media Monthly
06/30/2019 6 reasons why you should make your next meeting optional Fast Company
06/24/2019 5 Tips for Scheduling Meetings That Respect Everyone's Time Lead Inc.
06/17/2019 4 Ways to Make Meetings Shorter Inc.
06/13/2019 6 Expert Tips To Make Meetings More Effective And Engaging Forbes
06/12/2019 The first 5 minutes of a meeting matter the most. This is exactly how you should spend them. Business Insider
06/11/2019 2 Ways You Can Channel Warren Buffet's Genius and Think "Upside-Down" With Your Team Inc.
06/07/2019 Interview with Elise Keith: Why Icebreakers Are Important to Teams that Know Each Other The Resourceful CEO