Business Meeting Skills

Course Code: BMS101
Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Fall Instructional Language: English Special Notes: 【This course is offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.】 Location: In-Person (Tokyo) English Proficiency Level: High Intermediate

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Course Description

Business Meeting Skills is a comprehensive course that provides practical guidance on how to plan, organize and conduct successful meetings. In this course, you will learn the key elements of effective meetings and how to make them productive and efficient. You will explore the different types of meetings and their purposes, and learn how to create an agenda, manage time, and foster collaboration among participants.
Through interactive exercises and simulations, you will develop the skills to facilitate discussions, encourage participation, and handle challenging situations. You will also learn how to use technology effectively to enhance communication and collaboration during meetings. By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and tools to lead meetings that achieve their objectives and leave participants feeling engaged and motivated.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop professional meeting facilitation skills

2. Become a more involved meeting participant

3. Learn how communicate more effectively

Who should take this course

This course is designed for anyone who wants to improve their meeting skills and be more effective in leading meetings. It is ideal for managers, team leaders, project managers, and anyone who needs to conduct or participate in meetings regularly in their work. No prior experience is required.

English Level: High-Intermediate to Advanced


No required textbook


Paul Kates

Instructor Biography

Originally from Toronto (Canada), Paul Kates has over 20 years of diverse professional experience. After the completion of his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, he began his career in the Entrepreneurial Services Practice of Ernst & Young, providing accounting, auditing, and consulting services to a wide variety of businesses. He then moved on to management positions for companies operating in both the consumer goods and hospitality sectors, including a Fortune 500 company, where he was engaged primarily in marketing, sales, customer service, and merchandising activities. Paul arrived in Tokyo in 2006 and has spent the majority of his time here as a University Instructor and Corporate Trainer. Among other things, he teaches an assortment of business courses and workshops at TUJ.