There’s no denying that staff meetings can be monotonous tasks that few people enjoy taking part in. This is unfortunate because these events share important information and bring your employees together. But if your meetings aren’t engaging, fun and inspiring, it’s not hard to see why your staff are bored. It’s also unlikely they will retain the information you have provided them due to the way it is presented to them. This is a waste of time and makes your meetings practically pointless. Thankfully, this is not something that has to continue. Take a look at these simple tricks which you can use to inject some fun into your staff meetings.
Don’t just use Powerpoint
Powerpoint presentations can provide vital data and visuals to your employees during staff meetings. While this is convenient, if you repeatedly use Powerpoint for each staff meeting, it can also become predictable. This can cause your employees to quickly become uninterested. So rather than using Powerpoint for all your presentations, consider using additional resources too. You can look into using alternative presentation programs like these or consider giving out handouts. Some companies have even been known to use objects such as toy cars to get their point across. So don’t be afraid to get creative with how you present information, particularly if it is an uninteresting subject matter.
Make interaction a priority
If your employees aren’t encouraged to participate or speak to one another, this can make your meetings even more boring. So turn this around by making social interaction a key element during your meetings. You can include an ice breaker game at the beginning of the meeting which helps everyone get to know each other better. Instead of you being the only speaker, include activities where each member of your team can share their ideas and opinions. Another way to help your staff interact is by providing a snack bar at your meeting. This can be used before and after your meeting to encourage your employees to continue generating ideas and talking to each other.
Reduce your meeting times
Long staff meetings are the worst. Nobody wants to spend their day in a lacklustre meeting, particular if they have a deadline to abide by. So rather than planning meetings that go on for hours, condense your information. Remove anything that is unnecessary and consider how you can present the information faster. For instance, you could use bullet points rather than long paragraphs in handouts. If you’re finding this difficult, split one large meeting up into smaller meetings you spread out over a week. Try to aim for 30-minute meetings as these are short enough to keep your employees engaged. Also, make sure you always start on time because if you don’t this can set a negative tone before you’ve even begun.
Now you know how there is no reason why your staff meetings should continue being dull events that everyone dreads. Your employees may actually start to look forward to their weekly meetings with you. This can be fantastic for morale and motivate them to work harder which can be beneficial to your company.
Founder Dinis Guarda
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