This will be a shortie. On meetings. As soon as I use the word “meetings” my brain fills in “…bloody meetings”. I’ll return to that brilliant video by John Cleese at another occasion. We’ve all been in boring meetings. But there’s nothing saying you need to start it boringly! Sometimes we run out of great ways of opening meetings. I spend two days at the Netnod Meeting and they today provided one new to me. So, here’s a post on How to open meetings.
“Stand up if you…” (large groups)
Very useful for work on large groups, providing the proper end of the sentence may start quite a few laughs and insights. “…are not on Facebook”. This one also triggers our brain in many different ways: visionary, fun, fantasies, body movement, social interaction and more.
Log in procedure “My last – my first” (smaller groups)
This is great for smaller groups. A real knocker for very “in your head” people and very engaged and busy staff. The trick is everyone around the table to fill in on these two sentences:
1. “Last on my mind before entering this meeting was…..[fill in]”
2. “What struck me at first when I entered this meeting was…..[fill in]”
Change location – personally
Without any other communication – pick another place than the one you normally consider to be “your place”. Try this at home as well. Reactions are normally immediate and all brains will be active
Change location – room-wise
Without further communication – try another location
What are your top three meeting starters?
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