Practical Skills in Prevention Series: Make the Magic Happen in a Meeting

Practical Skills in Prevention: A Series Focused on Soft Skills

When it comes to building workforce capacity, some fields overlook the importance of practical or “soft skills” as they are not as tangible as technical or “hard skills.” Soft skills are abilities that relate to how you work and interact with others. Soft skills are transferable, and useful in every domain of life. Soft skills enable you to collaborate, build relationships, and enhance productivity. For prevention professionals, strong communication skills instill confidence to engage with communities, foster meaningful connections and strengthen relationships. Developing soft skills may take time but is essential for advancing in the modern prevention workforce.


Session 3: Make the Magic Happen in a Meeting - Meeting Facilitation Skills

Meetings, do we need them? How do we make them meaningful? In the field of prevention, we often have the responsibility of facilitating meetings. We use meetings to bring community partners together, to coordinate work, to create buy-in, and to facilitate community change, but most of us facilitate meetings without training on how to organize and run effective meetings. How do we get people to the table, and once there get (and keep) them engaged? How can we make the most of our time together and ensure everyone feels their time was honored and well-spent? In this workshop, participants will learn practical skills to plan and facilitate effective meetings.


Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate the cost and value of meetings
  • Develop an attendance strategy, create a strong agenda, select an effective format, define roles, and manage logistics
  • Prevent uh-ohs in advance and avoid meeting disasters
  • Encourage meaningful participation and collaboration
  • Conduct effective post-meeting follow up and foster ongoing engagement



headshot of presenterJamie Comstock and Robin Carr

Jamie Comstock and Robin Carr founded Info Inspired in 2014. Both are certified prevention specialists with over 30 years of combined experience in the field. Outside of their work on Info Inspired, Jamie is the Health Promotion Program Manager and Robin is the Substance Use Prevention Coordinator for Bangor Public Health and Community Services in Bangor, Maine.







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Starts: Feb. 28, 2024 9:00 am
Ends: Feb. 28, 2024 12:00 pm
Registration Deadline
February 28, 2024
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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