Module 19 - Planning, Conducting, and Recording Meetings
Dot planning offers a way for large groups to choose priorities quickly. Essentially, group
members brainstorm ideas and then each member places a dot—one color for high-priority items,
another for low-priority items—next to each issue. In this way, everyone can see what the group
believes to be the most important issues or ideas.
In-Class Exercise: Create an oral presentation project for your students—perhaps,
research the organizational culture of a particular company. Make it a group project
of 3-5 students each. Introduce the project several weeks prior to the end of the
term, when students will deliver their presentations. As part of the project, have
them dot plan topics for discussion. Let them turn in the dot plans as part of the
overall presentation, with a short description of how successful each student believed
the dot planning was for their group.
Networking LO 19-4
Getting to know people within and beyond your own organization helps
you build a network of contacts, colleagues, and friends. Thanks to the
Internet, networking is in many ways easier than it has been before, but
professionals should bear in mind that online networking, while
convenient, may not offer all of the advantages of face-to-face
As PP 19-11 through PP 19-13 show, to network
Get to know people outside your organization.
Join community organizations.
Take a course at a local college.
Join a professional society.
In your own organization, reach out to people.
Go to lunch with co-workers.
Meet at least one additional person a week.
Seek out people in your department as well as those
Teaching Tip: Students today often easily make friends by adding them to social
networking tools, like Facebook or MySpace pages. But what experiences do they
have with face-to-face opportunities? Ask students to spend a week getting to know
at least five other students in their classes, programs, or campus. Then ask them to
reflect on how easy or how difficult it was meeting people face-to-face compared to
those online. What tips might they offer others on how to “break the ice” with
people? What might be a good, safe way to meet people and expand their network?
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