Hot-Ticket Meetings (Leadership Planners Series)

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Why do so many of us dislike meetings? And why does that popup reminder on our screen often trigger feelings of dread and boredom? It’s because all too often it means sitting through or leading another do-nothing, time-wasting, fingers-on-the-chalkboard, “we talk about the same thing every month” obligation. But as a team leader, you can do better. It’s time to flip the script on this bedrock of organizational culture and remake meetings into the kind of hot-ticket gatherings that will make attendees feel confident and motivated, informed and included. In this succinct Leadership Planner, loaded with self-reflective questions, activities, and prompts, renowned management author Hakala-Ausperk shows you how to forge ahead. By using this resource, you will learn how to

  • introduce real and significant innovations in how meetings are run and how information is shared in your organization;
  • create and use a staff Virtual File that will focus and streamline your meetings;
  • clarify every meeting’s goals, helping you determine who should (and shouldn’t) be included;
  • design a meeting script that will keep your meetings on target, on track, and on time; and
  • maximize meetings’ impact by choosing specific roles for each attendee to play, assuring comprehensive input and broad idea sharing.

Once the value, inclusiveness, and effectiveness of your new meeting style is known, opportunities to attend your events will become hot tickets indeed!

Check out the other books in the Leadership Planners series!

Why Plan?

Hot-Ticket Meetings
Plan to Become Legendary
Plan to Fix the Right Stuff
Plan to Build a Virtual File
Plan to Aim at a Goal
Plan Your Script
Plan the Cast and Crew
Plan the Production
Plan to Have an Impact
Plan Your First Hot-Ticket Meeting


Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk is an author, speaker, and trainer with over 35 years’ library experience in everything from direct customer service to library management and administration. She is an Adjunct Instructor at the iSchool at Kent State and also teaches for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program, The Public Library Association, ALA’s eLearning Solutions, the Urban Library Council, InfoPeople, and multiple other organizations.  An active speaker, planner, and trainer in libraries across the country, she is the author of seven books:  Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011); Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013); Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, 2017); and a unique series of Leadership Planners, including Future-Proof Your Team; Win ‘Em Over; Dynamic Discipline; and Hot Ticket Meetings. Catherine’s passion is for supporting, coaching, and developing great libraries, successful teams, and – especially – strong and effective leaders. You can check out her clients and projects on her website or follow her on Facebook at Catherine’s full resume is available at

"The approach to meetings outlined in this book is fresh and practical ... For anyone willing to commit to making their meetings the kind that people actually want to attend, the minimal cost of this book will be an excellent investment."
— Journal of Hospital Librarianship