Eliminating the Unproductive Meeting

Session focus: 

Daily problem solving, facilitation, using facilitation tools & techniques to improve quality of meetings

How many times have you heard, “Didn’t we talk about this at our last meeting?” or “We have too many meetings” or “That meeting was a waste of time.” In this session, we’ll explore basic facilitation tools and techniques to transform your meeting from unproductive time wasters to highly productive gatherings beneficial to all. You’ll learn tools and techniques for meeting agendas and purpose, decision making, and managing group conversations.

Target Audience: 

Employee, Supervisor, Executive


Ariana Wood
Senior Lean Consultant
Department of Enterprise Services (DES)

As a Senior Lean Consultant on the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Lean Transformation Services team, Ariana supports state agencies and local governments to adopt a Lean operations strategy. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, she has experience in a variety of industries, including retail customer service for a global corporation, a national retail cooperative, a small family-owned manufacturing business and government. Ariana is a skilled facilitator, trainer, consultant, and leadership coach with a passion for helping others apply Lean continuous process improvement principles and tools. She is also an alumna of Results Washington's Lean Fellowship Program. Ariana enjoys mountain climbing, hiking, gardening, animals and spending time with family and friends.