Making the most of 1:1s

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Who’s this for?

Managers and individual contributors




One-on-one meetings can be a powerful tool for strengthening working relationships, opening up clear communication and feedback loops, and even collaborating to move big ideas forward (or they can devolve into a gossipy venting sesh). How do we keep our 1:1s on track to make the most of this valuable face time between team members? This workshop will help identify the purpose of 1:1 meetings and provide a streamlined agenda and strategies bank to customize for your context.

During this workshop, we will:

  • Determine the purpose of 1:1 meetings in your context and assess current structures and protocols for usefulness.
  • Understand the potential pitfalls of 1:1 meetings and make a strategy to avoid them.
  • Practice frameworks to strengthen relationships, open communication, and create forward momentum.
  • Create a 1:1 agenda using a template.

After the workshop, you will have learned:

  • How to draft a 1:1 agenda that meets your meeting objectives.
  • Strategies to build relationships, communicate clearly, and maintain accountability.
Catherine Burns


Catherine Burns

I am an educator passionate about real, relevant learning experiences that ignite forward momentum for leaders and teams. I’ve spent the past decade developing my expertise as a teacher, curriculum designer, professional development facilitator, and team leader. My specialties include social-emotional upskilling (those critical “soft skills”), developing protocols and practices for open communication, and supporting inclusive cultures where every team member can thrive and contribute.

Having sat through my fair share of ineffective professional development, I’m on a mission to change the facilitation game. My workshops are designed using best practices in adult learning and brain science to create high-engagement learning experiences with immediately actionable outcomes. The combined skills I’ve honed through my background in theatre and years in the classroom keeping rowdy teenagers on their toes inform my facilitation style: energetic, interactive, responsive, affirming, and learner-centered. I believe that the people doing the most are learning the most, so come prepared to participate!

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They've worked with people at

Girls Leadership
Panorama Education
Morgan Stanley
Student Leadership Network
Harlem Children's Zone


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