We’ve all been there… at a boring meeting with a dull agenda that leaves us wondering “Why am I even here?” Even though meetings are essential in order for companies to work as a team, sometimes they can seem unproductive, or even pointless. Avoid the traps of a boring meeting by incorporating these 5 ways to spice up your meetings and boost creativity, productivity, and fun.
1. Visual Presentations
Don’t get bogged down in a boring PowerPoint presentation filled with words. No one wants to read a paragraph up on a PowerPoint while also trying to listen and pay attention to your verbal presentation. Eliminate this common mistake of presentations and meetings by incorporating visuals more prominently in your presentation. As a good rule of thumb, have six words or less per PowerPoint slide.
2. Idea Ticket
Ask each person to bring at least one new idea or suggestion about the problem as their ticket of admission into the meeting. They can’t enter without a ticket. Start the meeting by reading everyone’s contribution. This is a sure fire way to make sure everyone’s voice is heard, if only through the initial idea ticket, and gets ideas flowing at the very start of the meeting.
3. The Sounds of Success
Music is a very powerful brainstorming tool and something that can boost creativity; this has been known for generations. So make your meeting less boring and more productive by bringing music into the mix. Play classical music to boost creativity while workers are brainstorming in small groups, or play jazz music during coffee breaks.
4. Everyone’s a Consultant
Solve problems with teamwork! Ask everyone to write a current job-related problem or concern on a piece of paper. Examples: “How can we overcome the low price and discount program of our competition?” After everyone writes their problems ,some of which can be department-related, have everyone pass their paper to the right. The next person will have a few minutes to write out a solution to the problem. Continue passing on the papers and writing solutions until the papers get back to their original owners. Share and discuss the ideas.
5. Toys R Us
Toys have a liberating effect in meetings, and you should see for yourself! They’re a fun and disarming way to break the ice, but they also bring in a level of creativity and playfulness that can help solve problems. Bring in a box of toys into your meeting, and have each participant pick one and give them time to explore it. Then ask them to compare the problem or issue under discussion with the toy, or ask them to compare aspects of the company with the toy. Describing things outside of their context is a great way for us to have fun, and actually become more bold and truthful than we could be if we were just describing the problem.