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Working effectively

Effective meetings and decision making

In this workshop you will learn how to hold effective meetings and be more effective in your decision making.

Target group
Postdoctoral researcher
Angelique Reijntjes

Because meetings are a frequent occurrence, agreements need to be made about how these will take place. This package of agreements should then be incorporated into the procedural guidelines. It is best if the procedural guidelines are determined based on “consensus”.

The participants’ motivation and commitment towards the meeting will, to a great extent, be determined by how satisfied participants are with the agreements made. It is important that everyone can meet on the terms they had a hand in choosing. This also encourages each participant to feel mutually responsible for complying with the agreements made.

For whom

PhD candidates of Leiden University and LUMC. In order to register for this course you will need to obtain permission of your employer.

Topics covered

Topics covered in this course are: 

  • Leading more effective meetings.
  • Introduction of agenda items.
  • Leading a discussion and decision-making process.

What you'll learn

After the course you:

  • Lead more effective meetings. 
  • Are able to introduce an agenda item so that it is clear to other participants what the discussion and decision-making is meant to be about.
  • Have gained insight into how to lead a discussion and decision-making process in a way that promotes interaction and ensures that a decision can be taken despite differences of opinions. 


We will start with a brief introduction, in which we present an interactive meeting model. After this, under the guidance of a trainer, you will practise in smaller groups how to introduce agenda items, lead a discussion and come to a decision. Once back together, you will then receive tips on implementing what you’ve learned.


The workload amounts to 6 hours, including attendance and preparation.

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