5 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Engaging

November 13, 2018

Career Advice

In many corporate environments, the Powerpoint presentation is put on a pedestal. Someone may spend hours or even days perfecting slides for an upcoming meeting. But according to one company, the most productive meetings don’t have slide decks.

The thought process is that slide-run meetings become too much like a college-style lecture. The presenter holds all the power, and the coworkers diligently listen. That makes it harder for the audience to chime in and for everyone to have a true back-and-forth conversation. Slides also feel permanent, like the ideas stated on them can’t evolve.

Whether you agree or don’t agree with this concept, here are a few ways to make your meetings more engaging.

  1. Fill up that whiteboard. Ideas can be easily added and erased, and a marker can be placed in anyone’s hand. Ideas can flow more freely and can constantly evolve throughout the meeting.
  2. Write up a brief. Summarize the problem, goals, and potential solutions then pass it out before the meeting begins, or give people five minutes to assess and take notes at the start of the meeting. Kick off the conversation by asking for feedback.
  3. Go around the circle. Instead of letting people chime in willy nilly, make the conversation more accessible for those who may be too shy to speak up. Everyone gets a chance to share their opinions and views.
  4. Set a time limit. Time limits can be motivating and can excite participants to chime in quickly, but get their point across briefly.
  5. Get outside. Break out of the meeting room and head for a picnic table outside. Or, make it a walking meeting and have an authentic and thoughtful conversation.

Image via Lance Nishihira/Flickr.  

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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