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What are creative ways to improve meetings?

don't

have them

Find

common ground

prep

ground

rules

agenda

send

materials in advance

stand

during meeting

don't

talk over one another

don't

invite too many people

Let

fresh air come in (figuratively)

ensure

all the functional experts are attending

ask each

person for fedback

Ensure

there is a decision or action at the end of each meeting

bring an

agenda

If you

are in a meeting you have to bring something or get something from it

start

with a provocative question

start

and stop on time

rotate

leadership of the meeting

standing

meetings only

Limit

participation to six or fewer

have a

clear purpose for the meeting

take

notes

ask open

questions

Video

conference in remote participants

Dim the

lights and close the shades so everybody can see the screen clearly

Make

sure the projector is bright enough

New

members leading

Use a

talking stick

Food

additional

trainings

keep a

time limit on each persons time to speak

set a

time

have a

new leader each meeting'

Participants

must stand

Do them

online

Limit

power point slides to three bullets

Stand up

for yourself, don’t get bullied into doing things their way

make

sure technology works and test ahead of time

speaker

Get

duplex capable conference phones that actually let you hear remote participants

ensure

everyone speaks

Instill

discipline in the men

write

ideas on white board

charge

people $0.25 if they are late

Get free

drinks

set

owners for tasks

decide

when a meeting is not productive and cancel

Share a

funny story.

stick to

agenda

Set up a

debate

Invite

the correct people

Have

people draw their thoughts

Meditate

before and after

use a

hour glass for keeping time

Be more

engaging - even if it's silly

Bring

food

Assign

responsibilities

limit

feeback

Ice

Breakers

Bring

agenda

When

things get heated, let the moderator calm things down with breathing exercises

Have

enough plugs for everybody’s computers

start

after 9am

have a

strong driver of the meeting that engages all involved

reward

people for being engaged with tokens that can be collected and turned in for prizes monthly

meeting

notes

Have a

clear adgenda prepared and distributed beforehand

Only let

people ask questions

Use

SavvyRoo to create the agenda

Have

them outside

allocate

everyone a slot to talk

have

group participation activities

everyone

can share thier thoughts and then reflect on one anothers ideas

Tell

somebody if they are talking too long

Being on

time

tell

people how to prepare for the meeting

Wear

comfortable clothing

Try to

empathize with others in the meeting

give a

time limit to encourage efficiency

Power

point training for everybody doing presentations

Split

into sub groups whenever possible to increase participation

rotate

leadership of meetings

Add

pictures and illustrations to every power point slide

agenda,

etc..

ask why

every time you are invited

No

meeting Fridays

Rotate

facilitators and have them be responsible for collecting agenda items from the team.

invite

people who will have different perspectives

ask for

input from people about what they need to meet about

avoid

didactic presentatoins

stick to

the time

clean up

after

send

people notice ahead of time

plan for

input and engagement of participants

Cut the

time in half

Use

Savvyroo before and after face to face meetings to set the agenda and collect feedback

Partner

people for presentations to build cross group collaboration

Turn off

all cell phones and place them face down in the center of the table to avoid interruptions

Provide

drinks and snacks

Let

people go if they don't feel they need to be there

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