244: Elise Keith: Unveil your system for successful meetings

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Elise Keith found herself leading teams that fell apart. As part of her efforts to improve she learned she needed to spend more time connecting in meetings instead of being impatient and direct. Now, she teaches others systems and practices to conduct more successful meetings.

Elise Keith was born in Eugene, OR. Despite moving over 15 times before the age of 20, she ended up settling in Portland just over 100 miles to the north. She’s the eldest of between 2 to 4 siblings, depending on how you count it all up, and happy that her family’s predilection for multiple marriages resulted in a generous extra helping of loving grandparents for her children.

Growing up, Elise did well in school but had an incredibly difficult time staying awake in any of her classes except for band, theatre, and gym. This inspired her to get a degree in the performing arts, after which she embarked on a post-collegiate quest to live out a real-life “Pancake House Waitress Turns Superstar!” fantasy.

When it became clear that the waitressing part of the story was going to last a bit too long for comfort, Elise swapped her acting dreams for another kind of fantasy world. She joined an internet startup.

There, she discovered plenty of real-life drama, intrigue, and opportunity every day, often in meetings.

Since then, she’s worked to understand what makes meetings work well and what happens when teams run consistently successful meetings.

Elise discovered that nearly every business expert, leadership coach, sales executive, marketer, and influencer has a cherished set of “meeting hacks” that power their success, and that when you look at these practices in the aggregate, clear patterns emerge.

She captured some of these insights in her book Where the Action Is: The Meetings that Make or Break Your Organization, and today she leads the team at Lucid Meetings as they work with organizations worldwide to help them implement a system of successful meetings that drives performance and brings teams joy.

Elise lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two of their five kids, and a curly-haired Lagotto puppy named Mabel.

Quotes and Mentions

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“It’s almost like a Pavlovian conditioned response, you ring the meeting bell and people get upset.” – Click to Tweet

“That initial mindset creates a belief that meetings are a waste of time.” – Click to Tweet

“There are skills to be had and skills to master when it comes to meetings themselves.” – Click to Tweet

“There is an underlying structure to every effective meeting.” – Click to Tweet

“Effective meetings get everybody thinking about the same topic in the same way at the same time.” – Click to Tweet

“Work experience, as we all know, is just another synonym for culture.” – Click to Tweet

“Discipline is simply remembering what you actually want.” – Click to Tweet

“Meetings are not an individual performance event.” – Click to Tweet

“A detailed vision of where you’re trying to go makes getting there so much easier.” – Click to Tweet

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Elise Keith found herself leading teams that fell apart. As part of her efforts to improve she learned she needed to spend more time connecting in meetings instead of being impatient and direct. Now, she teaches others systems and practices to conduct more successful meetings.

Advice for others

A detailed vision of where you’re trying to go makes getting there so much easier.

Holding her back from being an even better leader

Impatience

Best Leadership Advice

Say “Thank You” more often.

Secret to Success

Remembering that mindset is a choice

Best tools in business or life

Zoom

Recommended Reading

Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization

Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think

Contacting Elise Keith

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisekeith/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucidmeetings

Website: https://www.lucidmeetings.com/

Resources and Show Mentions

Call Center Coach

An Even Better Place to Work


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