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Richard Lent, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Lent has spent the last 25 years identifying structures for more effective meetings and coaching leaders in their use. He facilitates meetings around the world in business, non-profit organizations and communities of all sizes.

Rick delivers workshops and presentations on a structural approach to better meetings. In 2015, he published his second book, Leading Great Meetings: How to Structure Yours for Success to share what he learned with leaders seeking to structure their meetings more effectively.

Rick's Webinars

The Secret to Building Effective Decisions in Meetings
May 5, 2016


How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting (Consensus)

True consensus is something we value for its ability to unite a group around a particular decision. Too often, however, all we achieve is false consensus in which participants don’t share their concerns and the leader presumes to have everyone’s support. Later, however, the decision may come undone. Here’s how to avoid this and build real consensus. This meeting agenda template can be used to...

How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting (Consent and Compromise)

An effective meeting should build alignment and commitment to any decisions. Different approaches to reaching decisions can be more/less useful in building commitment. And different approaches require different meeting actions. Consent and compromise are two of these ways of reaching a decision with a group. Explain that in reaching consent, everyone should comment on the decision. By consenting...

How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting (Group Consultation)

Here you ask for the group’s input to shape a decision you are about to make. You propose a decision and gather the group’s reactions. This is an effective approach when you want to test some draft decision with the hope of modifying and improving it before deciding on its final form. This meeting agenda template can be used to create a stand-alone meeting dedicated to consulting on a decision,...

How to Run a Proposal Feedback Meeting

Gather productive feedback and build alignment on a new proposal or plan using this simple meeting structure. After presenting the proposal, you’ll lead the discussion using three feedback questions asked in a specific order. This meeting agenda template can be used to create a stand-alone meeting dedicated to gathering feedback, or incorporated into longer meetings covering additional topics.