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Learn more about meeting types.

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To make meetings work in your business, you must get specific and design them to do so.

Use this interactive chart of the 16 types of business meetings to learn about each type of meeting and how teams can use these meetings to solve problems, answer questions, and get work done.

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Cadence Meetings

Cadence meetings include meetings like day-to-day team check-ins, weekly project status meetings, One-on-Ones, and board meetings—all the regularly repeated meetings that make up the vast majority of the meetings held in the modern workplace. These meetings involve existing groups executing on known work. They maintain and shape the organization's current state.

Team Cadence

Examples

  • Weekly Team Meeting
  • Shift-Change Meeting
  • Regular Committee Meeting
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Progress Check

Examples

  • The Project Status Meeting
  • The Client Check-In
  • The Sprint Demo
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One-on-One

Examples

  • The Manager One-on-One
  • Coaching Sessions
  • The “Check In”
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Action Review

Examples

  • Retrospectives
  • After Action Reviews
  • Win/Loss Review (Sales)
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Governance Cadence

Examples

  • Board Meetings
  • Quarterly Strategic Reviews
  • QBRs
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Catalyst Meetings

Catalyst meetings are scheduled as needed, and include the people the organizers feel to be best suited for achieving the meeting goals. That could be an established team, like it is with product Planning or marketing Planning meetings, or the group could be a surprise, like it is with a community outreach Workshop.

Idea Generation

Examples

  • Ad Campaign Brainstorming Session
  • New Product Ideas
  • Party Theme Ideas
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Planning

Examples

  • Project Planning
  • Campaign Planning
  • Event Planning
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Workshops

Examples

  • Kickoffs
  • Design Workshops
  • Team Building Workshop
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Problem Solving

Examples

  • Incident Response
  • Strategic Issue Resolution
  • Major Project Change Resolution
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Decision Making

Examples

  • New Hire Decision
  • Go/No-Go Decision
  • Logo Selection
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Learn and Influence Meetings

Evaluate, influence, persuade, investigate, inspect, inspire—these meetings are all designed to transfer information and intention from one person or group to another. The people involved can be clearly separated into groups that think of themselves as us and the others as them.

Sensemaking

Examples

  • Project Discovery Meetings
  • Incident Investigations
  • Community Input Sessions
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Introductions

Examples

  • Job Interviews
  • Sales Demos
  • Investor Pitches
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Issue Resolution

Examples

  • Support Team Escalation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Neighborhood Dispute
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Community of Practice

Examples

  • Monthly Safety Committee Meeting
  • Project Manager’s Meetup
  • Lunch-and-Learn
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Training

Examples

  • Client Training
  • New Employee Onboarding
  • Safety Training
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Broadcasts

Examples

  • Marketing Webinar
  • Press Conference
  • All-Hands Announcement
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