Enhancing Engagement in Meetings


Do you feel challenged when trying to engage with your colleagues during meetings, presentations, or workshops? Is “silence” a common response? Or does it just feel difficult getting a discussion launched? This is a complex world, to succeed we all need information, input, and support from those around us. Effective communication and respectful dialogue are paramount to everything we do. By purposefully using simple communication techniques, leveraged with simple tools (polls, breakout rooms, common documents, whiteboard) you are guaranteed to increase interest, enhance engagement, and hence promote greater discussion. In this course, you will explore simple communication techniques and actively experiment with common tools to enhance respectful discussion. You will explore techniques to create more inclusive discussion. We will discuss how these techniques apply to meetings, presentations, and workshops. Specific situations will be actively explored, and these can be modified to include example situations proposed by participants. During this course, you will develop concrete strategies to create interactive dialogue in your work environment.



  • Apply simple communications techniques to engage everyone in the meeting, presentation, or workshop
  • Apply simple tricks to easily receive feedback from the group
  • Leverage common tools to engage people in a virtual, hybrid or in-person setting
  • Learn techniques to create more inclusive discussion through liberating structures
  • Experience a variety of tools and techniques that you can apply in your work environment



  • Everyone who leads meetings, presentations and/or workshops in a virtual, hybrid or in-person setting



6 hours



  • $655 (plus tax)


Featured Instructor

Nell van Walsum, M.Sc., PMP, has over 30 years’ experience as an executive, program manager, advisor, facilitator, and instructor. Ms. van Walsum lead a local environmental consulting firm as President for five years. Currently Ms. van Walsum works as an independent consultant, focusing on leadership and communication, while working for a variety of organizations ranging from industry, academia, and government to NGO’s.



Event CodeTitleBegin DateEnd DateTermDelivery MethodRegister to Event
P00672302AEnhancing Engagement in Virtual Meetings and Presentations2/16/20232/17/2023WinterOnlineRegister to Event