11 Ideas to Reboot your Team Meetings
Meetings can be a challenge, and keeping them interesting and focused is not always easy. But when they’re done right they are vitally important. They provide alignment, allow team members to contribute, and most importantly can encourage innovative ideas and solutions to big problems.
There are a lot of objections to meetings but when best practices are followed they bring tremendous value. Part of a Leader’s role is to join meetings and ensure productive conversations take place and important decisions are made.
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So what are some of the best practices you could adopt to improve your Meetings?
11 ideas to reboot your meetings, let’s go!
1) Purpose - ensure every meeting has a purpose, why are you and your team downing tools and connecting together? Ensure the purpose and goals of the meetings are clear from the outset.
2) Icebreakers - an icebreaker exercise or trivia is a great way to start the meeting off and get everyone talking. It also encourages a bit of vulnerability and openness within the group which is great for building trust and team relationships. Some good ideas for your team icebreaker:
What did you learn last week that you wanted to share?
What is one thing you’re grateful for in your life right now?
What one resource has helped you tremendously that you could share?
What one thing have you been putting off that you’ll commit to right now?
3) Meeting Norms - agree with your team on what the expected behaviours and standards are for the meeting. These are important to ensure alignment and consistency. Some examples:
Arrive on time
It’s about getting it right, not being right
Come with an open mind
Challenge your colleagues with the right spirit and intend
Treat everyone with respect and dignity
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