How to Facilitate Great Meetings for Amazing Teams
By Michelle Royal and Joran Slane Oppelt

The fully-illustrated master playbook for turning your meetings into engines of productivity and culture.

This book is for you if you need: an easy-to-use set of meeting tools, ways to make your meetings more effective and engaging, or tips and tricks to transform your meetings from cringe-worthy talk sessions to richly visual interactive experiences.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Easy, step-by-step instructions on how to run a meeting or get a runaway meeting back on track
  • A newly-expanded section on virtual meetings
  • Our insider tips on how to master virtual tools like Zoom and MURAL
  • How to craft the meeting agenda and decide who’s in (and who’s out)
  • Advice on how to set up the room for maximum impact
  • Handy guides for designing visual aids and presentations
  • Best practices for increasing participation and engagement
  • A treasure trove of in-person and virtual meeting tools including facilitator checklists, scripts, email templates, music playlists, sample agendas and more

“The kind of authority Michelle and Joran are bringing to their Field Guide arises from a wide range of real experience, and a deep commitment to their values. If ever we need better engagement, more fun, and serious results from our collaborations it is in these times, as we face challenges the scale of which our generation has not seen before.”

- From the foreword by David Sibbet, Father of Visual Thinking, Author and Founder of The Grove Consultants International and Co-Director of the Global Learning & Exchange Network (The GLEN)


"This book is a treasure trove of great meeting tools. The RIDG team knows how to host top-notch gatherings, some of the best I have witnessed as a corporate consultant over the past 30 years. Here they generously share some of their 'secret sauce.’"

- Deidre Combs, author of Worst Enemy, Best Teacher: How to Survive and Thrive with Opponents, Competitors and People Who Drive You Crazy

“This approachable guide gives readers the confidence to break the 'conventional' meeting mold and design purposeful experiences. Whether your meetings are virtual, in person, or a mix, anyone with the desire to make simple yet meaningful changes to their teamwork will love this book. True to its name, this guide provides rich visuals to show, not just tell, what engaging meetings can be.”

- Hailey Temple, Learning Experience Lead, MURAL


About the Authors

Michelle Royal

Michelle Royal is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of RIDG (Royal Innovation Design Group). She is a self-made speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur, who was raised in the growing Subway franchise empire
An innovation expert with over 20 years of experience, Michelle specializes in using visualization and facilitation to create breakthroughs in state of mind and behavior. She has worked with over 70,000 professionals around the world, serving executives of the internal technology services teams for the most influential global financial services consulting companies. Michelle is also an artist who brings visual stories together to unlock the latent collective power of organizations and individuals.

Michelle has helped her clients provide clarity around their organization’s vision, build effective and cohesive teams, and tap into their true potential to maximize impact and profit with their ideas. This work has often led to six-to eight-figure returns on the client’s growth, all using principles applied through Michelle’s unique methods.

Michelle holds a Masters of Business Innovation (MBI) from the Deusto Business School in Bilbao, Spain and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She served as a Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Innovation and as the first ever Innovation Coach to the European Union, focused on large-scale regional economic development initiatives.

Joran Oppelt

Joran Slane Oppelt is an international speaker, author, creativity coach and consultant. He is the Director of Creativity and Innovation at RIDG (Royal Innovation Design Group). Joran is a member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners as well as the Global Learning and Exchange Network (founded by David Sibbet). He is a master facilitator, having led game-changing meetings for hundreds of clients and has trained a team of skilled facilitators to drive transformation and deliver “great reckonings in small rooms.”

He is also a former marketing director (Creative Loafing, Straz Center for the Performing Arts), an award-winning producer and singer-songwriter as well as an interfaith minister with certificates in Religious Literacy and Sacred Storytelling.

Joran is the author of Spiritual Edge: Exploring the Boundaries and Future of Religion, Integral Church: A Handbook for New Spiritual Communities and Sentences as well as contributing author to Order of the Sacred Earth (with Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox) and The Creativity Workbook for Coaches and Creatives (with Dr. Eric Maisel).

Available on Amazon and wherever the best books are sold.

Category: Business / Art
ISBN: 9798628267295

About Ridg

RIDG (Royal Innovation Design Group) is a creative innovation consultancy that helps executives scale their teams for growth. We use visual facilitation and design thinking to unlock the value of every client and those they serve. We accelerate ideas to market by giving clients the essential skills to consistently identify, build, and deliver through our proven frameworks. We help companies drive change, innovate and master uncertainty while growing their people and profits.