Recently, an app called Charlie scored an Accelerator Finalist award at SXSW.
Charlie has one goal: prior to your next business meeting, get to know your co-workers and other people involved in the meeting. Charlie filters through available data online and presents profiles of meeting participants so that you can get to know more about them for the meeting. It can even send alerts to you if there’s anything in common with another participant in the meeting.
It’s a little Big-Brother-y, but I guess the thought is that if you know a bit more about that person… what they like, what they do… that you can have a better meeting.
Charlie is just in Beta testing so, for now, companies have to rely on their existing resources to make meetings productive.
So, during your meetings, are your employees not engaged? Is it low energy? Is everyone playing with their phone? Are YOU playing with your phone?
It sounds like your meetings need a facelift… or a full body transplant.
By being more creative, allowing more freedom, having fun, your employees can look forward to meetings that are productive and valuable.
Here’s how to make your meeting totally rock:
- Start with an icebreaker. This can be as easy as “What’s everyone’s favorite movie?” This frees up the tension that employees would have about speaking up. Everyone gets to learn a little more about their co-workers. Keep this in mind: a very effective icebreaker can transition to the first topic of discussion.
- Add music. Totally eliminate the memory of your boring meetings by always starting your new meeting with high energy.
- Eliminate the hierarchy. King Arthur did this with the Knights of the Round Table. All of your employees should feel very comfortable speaking and sharing ideas in your meetings.
- There are no bad ideas. Sometimes, a great idea sprouts from a terrible one.
- Celebrate success. It’s so important to recognize individual and collective successes. Share. Get your employees involved.
- Be a hero to your coworkers. Set a firm start and end time.
Encourage your employees to be creative. They will thank you with their enthusiasm and provide you with rich ideas for your clients.