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Meeting planning is often times a huge part of any assistant role. I came across a great guide recently that would be a fantastic resource for any assistant to keep handy: “The Meeting Planning Process: A Guide to Planning Successful Meetings.” It gives detailed steps on the planning process, provides general templates and even describes a fascinating career path to consider.
One of my favorite aspects of the guide is that it presents thorough steps for each aspect of the meeting planning process. There are so many elements involved and the steps are laid out in sequence with clear bullets on exactly how to complete each. In each of the steps there are several invaluable tips, which include examples of the author’s firsthand experiences. All of this insider information sets you up to be able to carry out the entire process at a professional-level.
In addition, the templates provided are priceless! They include fine details, which can be customized for all types of meetings being planned. The timeline template is my favorite; it equips you with a comprehensive overview of who is responsible for what and when. The template section ends with a clear overview of different room arrangements and specifies exactly which kind of meeting works best with each type of set up.
The guide also explains what a Certified Meeting Professional is. I had no idea that career existed until now! The characteristics listed overlap with the qualities assistants typically already have, some of which are being solution-oriented, seeing the big picture and being leaders. It’s a possible career path to consider someday!
If you want to expand your meeting planning abilities, I recommend checking this guide out. In a job where anything can happen, it’s never a bad idea to be prepared with a brilliant how-to! Plus, you might even discover an interesting new career path.
Link to the book: “The Meeting Planning Process: A Guide to Planning Successful Meetings”