Whether you’re a seasoned pro looking to stay sharp, or a newbie looking to grow his or her knowledge-base, these five books are essential for today’s results-oriented meeting planner.
Eric de Groot and Mike van der Vijver
Ignore the 101-level tone of the title and crack into this book that examines the most foundational of meeting elements. By viewing meetings as a form of group communication made up of these building blocks, say the authors, planners can design each meeting based on the most efficient and effective elements for each goal.
This quick and playful read delivers an entertaining wake-up call to any meeting planner. While it doesn’t contain any earth-shattering revelations for a meeting professional, it does provide a much-needed peek through attendees’ eyes. If you can handle some silliness, it’s a bargain of an admission price for the reality check within.
With more than 80 results-focused games, this “playbook” is the modern meeting planner’s arsenal. Perhaps even more valuable, however, is the rich tutorial on creating your own games and customizing them for each client or situation. A must have in the library.
Meeting planners, meet your new best friend: creative productivity. By cultivating the right environment and attitude, author Todd Henry focuses on the goal of delivering the right idea at the right moment. Read with an eye for organization of your meetings, but add some of these key foundational ideas into your leadership education offerings to maximize post-event results.
Written by the online entrepreneur and founder of the creative site Behance, this volume focuses entirely on execution of ideas – arguably the most crucial and most underrated element of any meeting or retreat. Based on the idea that “The ideas that move industries forward are not the result of tremendous creative insight, but of masterful stewardship,” this is a resource for both meeting planners and executives. Facilitators can take lessons learned from dozens of real-life creative teams and not only apply them to their own roles in this stewardship, but can also integrate stewardship-based training to top executives and team leaders during retreats – ideally resulting in better post-meeting follow-through and results. A win-win.