Team meetings are crucial to a business’ success and growth; they can help employees bond and brainstorm new and inventive ideas. But, in reality, most meetings are uninspired and end up rarely producing anything new.
It’s the manager’s job to organize engaging meetings to meet company goals, but doing so in innovative ways can be hard. Here are some simple tips on how to create a stimulating meeting environment:
Know Your Agenda
Before your meeting, create and share an agenda of the tasks that are meant to get accomplished. This starts all attendees off on a level playing field of information, and from there they can work together to identify challenges and determine solutions. Outlining the meeting ensures it stays on-track, and gives participants an opportunity to prepare relevant feedback and questions.
Make sure that the agenda is clear, easy to read, relevant for employees, as well as try to stick to it as much as possible during the meeting.
If you can’t seem to solve a problem during a meeting, encourage your team to brainstorm new ideas. Brainstorming is a planning technique where participants can freely express their thoughts and opinions on a specific subject. There is meant to be no judgment or “right” answers, and it serves as an environment where employees can comfortably pitch out new, creative ideas to the company.
A research study conducted by Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School revealed that standing during a meeting creates an engaging and exciting atmosphere and improves employee involvement.
During your meeting, include breaks for your attendees to stand and walk around the room, which will help to increase blood flow and keep them energized throughout the day.
Use the Storytelling Technique
Storytelling is a great way to engage any kind of listener, but it’s especially productive for possibly bored meeting attendees. A study found that people remember stories 22 times better than they do facts.
While statistics and figures are helpful for quantifying data, they’re not the best way to make a meeting memorable. Try to incorporate an appropriate, interesting personal story or witty anecdote to help to break the monotony.
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