August 2019 Resource

HBR Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter
HBR Guide to Making Every Meeting Matter
Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Review Press, Boston, MA
Book Review By:
Melvin Amerson

Premise of the Book:
Meetings and decision-making bodies are effective and productive when leaders and participants are skilled with the meeting facilitation, while being observant and attentive to issues and challenges that may influence the flow or outcome of an administrative gathering.

What the Book Does:
Making Every Meeting Matter is an excellent resource for persons who are responsible for leading or facilitating meetings. This guide is a collection of articles from leading experts on leadership and organizations. They draw from their vast experience, observations and studies to cover practically every area of a meeting along with potential challenges. The guide offers suggestions on how to prepare for a meeting to how to move a meeting forward when it stalls or struggles to stay on task. Also, articles are shared on how to set the framework and maintain fruitful virtual meetings.


Section One-Prepare
Section Two-Conduct
Section Three-Participate
Section Four-Close and Follow Up
Section Five-Specific Types of Meetings
Appendix A: Meeting Preparation Checklist
Appendix B: Sample Agendas
Appendix C: Meeting Follow-Up Checklist
Appendix D: Sample Follow-Up Memo
Appendix E: Digital Tools to Make Your Next Meeting More Productive
There’s an app for that.

What are the Important Insights:

These gifted experts provide numerous ideas and insights for setting a framework for productive meetings. Setting and allotting a specific amount of time for a meeting and its agenda items. Taking an evaluation of a meeting in order to determine its effectiveness. Refocusing a meeting when it goes off topic and stopping a meeting from dragging are just a few of their many, many insights, tips and strategies to having effective meetings.

Possibilities as a resource for churches:
Persons responsible for leading and chairing meetings will find this resource to be invaluable. Productive meetings often lead to fruitful ministry.

Melvin Amerson Area Representative

Rev. Melvin Amerson is a member of the Texas Annual Conference and serves as a Resource Specialist/Area Representative at TMF. His experience and passion lie in encouraging and developing generous, faithful leaders and congregations.

Melvin is the author of Celebrating the Offering, Fruit for Celebrating the Offering and Stewardship in African American Churches: A New Paradigm, as well as several articles covering topics from generosity, leadership and visioning. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and is a nationally-recognized generosity consultant known for his engaging presentations.

Melvin obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, a Master of Divinity degree concentrating in Christian education from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, an Executive Leadership certificate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and a certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University.