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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. He shares his perspective on meetings on his blog at www.meetingforresults.com.

Rick's Webinars

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


Gathering Productive Feedback to Build Alignment on a Proposal or Plan

How to Run a 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...

Making a Decision by Consensus

How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting 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...

Reaching Decisions by Consent and Compromise

How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting 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...

Using the Group to Consult to the Final Decision Maker

How to Run a Decision-Making Meeting 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...

Contributed Blog Posts

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Getting Work Done in Meetings: Structures for Success Lucid Meetings Blog

Recent Published Articles

Date Title Publisher
02/06/2016 Don’t Let Meeting Discussions Be Hijacked! Meeting for Results
01/20/2016 Agendas Fit for Purpose Meeting for Results
09/21/2015 How to Improve A Wandering Meeting Discussion Meeting for Results