Meaningful Meetings

Course Description

Meaningful Meetings & Other Conversations It makes a difference how we convene ourselves to work on issues that matter. This experiential workshop explores multiple methodologies for designing meetings and convening other conversations in organizations and communities. One of the key roles of the leader facing complex challenges is to name and convene the conversation.  

Performance objectives: Upon completion participants will:

  • Have experience with and an appreciation for different conversational structures

  • Have skills to begin to design and facilitate more effective meetings

  • Have insights to shaping powerful questions

Competencies covered in this course: Meeting design, facilitation/hosting, shaping powerful questions, Circle Way, World Café, Open Space, and other structures.

Intended audience: leaders and aspiring leaders

Standard Course Length

  • One or Two Days

  • 15 – 50 participants


Please contact us for pricing information.

FAcilitated by

Steve Byers has 20 years of experience working with teams and leaders, and in convening important conversations in communities and organizations. He has designed and facilitated conversations in culturally diverse communities and organizations on such topics as racism and fair policing, employment and recreation for people with disabilities, access to health care in rural communities, strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect, and social determinants of health in immigrant communities. He also trains people to do this work, thus building capacity in the community. Steve works with teams and leaders to improve performance, strengthen working relationships, and increase team member well-being.

He has presented multiple interactive workshops at various conferences in the last 15 years, including Elevate Early Learning (Tacoma), In2:InThinking Annual Forum (Los Angeles), and the Pegasus Systems Thinking in Action conference (Boston & Seattle). Any workshop Steve offers can be customized for an organization so that the participants can do real relevant work while learning.

Steve is a graduate of the Organization Systems Renewal program at Seattle University. He is an experienced “Art of Hosting” facilitator and trainer. He designs and teaches workshops for organizations and the public, and teaches in a graduate leadership studies program at St. Mary’s College of California. Steve is also the owner of Helping Human Systems, a consulting practice to develop leadership capacity.