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Easy Ways to Reenergize Your Meetings

There are enough bad meetings in the universe that you would probably be hailed as a hero if you could be the one to run meetings that people actually like. Do you want to be that hero? In a post at the Project Risk Coach, Harry Hall discusses some low-maintenance ways to inject real energy into your meetings.

Electric Results

For semi-regular meetings, just changing the location or the time of day can be an easy way to add new zest to the meeting. A meeting held outside in sunlight will probably inspire different feelings and perspectives than one held indoors. Likewise, a morning meeting might get people thinking in different ways than they do in the late afternoon, and vice versa. Hall also recommends trying out a walking meeting, which is exactly what it sounds like—meet while walking.

Another tip is to use different facilitation techniques in the meeting:

A bad habit is using the round robin every meeting. You start with the person on your left and you rotate from one person to another for updates. Use a different technique such as a whiteboard for example. Ask for the most significant limiting factors on your project and capture them on the whiteboard.

In meetings with a large group of people, assign specific roles to individuals—like time-keeper and minutes-taker—to keep things moving along, and then rotate those roles each meeting. And for dreaded all-day meetings, anticipate that people will tire out by bringing in snacks and coffee for an energy boost. Additionally, encourage people to divide into groups to discuss a challenge, so that more people get a say and engagement increases.

In the end, remember that the goal of a meeting should be to solve problems and create a clear path forward.

For even more tips on how to spice up meetings, you can view the original post here: http://projectriskcoach.com/revitalize-meetings/

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid’s Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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