Week 4 PMWC check-in

Meeting chat and WildTunes

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Hello all, 

I wanted to check in to see how you are getting on with things this week. How is everyone? Does anyone have any questions? 

There are a few things I would like to share with you:


This is a clip of the first-ever episode of the Vicar of Dibley, maybe you have seen it before?! It is very English! 😬 As a bonus (slightly silly) exercise, please watch the clip then comment on this post with feedback on things you think they did well in the meeting and things they could have done better. The purpose of this exercise is to practice giving feedback on a meeting so that we can improve the ways we do things and help others improve also.

Meetings are a topic I find oddly interesting. Many of us have a love / hate relationship with them. We feel sometimes that time spent in meetings is time spent away from doing ‘actual work’, but conversely, we can sometimes feel left out if we are not invited to certain meetings. 

Here are some more resources about meetings you may find interesting:

  1. Freakonomics podcast. An interesting point discussed in this podcast is that we generally fill the time we have, so if we have an hour for a meeting it will generally take an hour!
  2. Stop the Meeting Madness article. Amongst many other things, this article discusses research that apparently that meetings have increased in length and frequency over the past 50 years!

What are your top meeting tips? Please comment below.


In WildTeam class-based workshops we have a playlist we listen to during the breaks and sometimes whilst doing the exercises called 'WildTunes', here. It is a collaborative playlist where the only rule is that the songs have a link to wildlife! 🎧🥁🎹 


For those career searchers amongst us, a wee reminder that before the live sessions this week we will be doing an optional session to think about how questions about project management might be answered in an interview. 8.30 am or 5.30 pm GMT. If you are keen, prepare an answer to the following potential interview question: "Can you explain how the project management training you list on your CV can help a project have conservation impact?”. Then we will split into breakout rooms to practice this and give feedback to each other.

See you in the live sessions on Wednesday.🏄‍♀️ 

All the best, 


Beth Robinson

WildLearning Specialist, WildTeam

I'm a WildLearning Specialist with WildTeam, a bit of a odd job title. My main role is to design, deliver and organise both our online and class-based training workshops. One of the best parts of my job is meeting other conservationists and learning about the work that they do. I really enjoy geeking out reading teaching theory and thinking about ways I can more creatively and engagingly deliver learning. Before working for WildTeam I did a PhD in invasive plants and human wildlife interactions. I find it really interesting to learn about the ways people interact with nature, both when nature is being wonderful, but also when is is being a bit annoying!
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Go to the profile of Rosheen
11 months ago

Hi Beth loved the clip. Just some of my ideas Meeting off topic a lot and interruptions. Minute taker good to seek clarification however included lots of irrelevant material . Thought it was short and sharp meeting, chair did their besT to plough forwards. Seems from a project management point of view expenses agreed on were probably not within the project scope (ie conservatory for a pool table) vested interest. Not sure if they voted

Go to the profile of Laura Preston
11 months ago

This is better than most of the meetings I attend.

They had a chair and a minute taker. They started on time rather than waiting around for late people. They stuck to the agenda. They made quick and decisive decisions. Everyone had a chance to speak up. The meeting didn’t drag on. Any interruptions were brief and the chair quickly got back to the agenda. Finally, they decided on a date of next meeting.

All in all, pretty good!

Go to the profile of Beckie Garbett
11 months ago

Brilliant clip! I agree with both Rosheen and Laura's comments. Pretty good all around. The one thing that you (Beth) mentioned about meetings in the pre-recorded video was about circulating any necessary briefing documents prior to the meeting. I think that this is an important component of the meeting's process as it maxmises time during the meeting because everyone should be well prepped and up to speed (in theory)!