How do you change meetings from being basically the “death of a business” to something that people look forward to? It’s really simple – acknowledge the “wins” that people have in their lives.
Start your meetings with everybody in the group taking 30 seconds and sharing what they’re most excited about in their life right now.
For example, it could be about something at work, or something personal to do with themselves or their family, maybe it’s a recreational activity they are really excited about or something they are doing. Just be sure to give everybody a chance to share. What you’ll find is that by doing this, engagement will increase 10x just because they’re talking about something that they are truly passionate about. There’s energy around this. It will then transfer and carry into the meeting and work-related agenda items you need to speak with them about. They will be in a positive mood and much more ready to be engaged in the meeting items.
If you consistently do this at every meeting, people will come with the anticipation of sharing what they just did. Maybe someone will say, “Oh, I want to share with everyone that I just finished my first half marathon” or, “I just did this…” and they will say what they are excited about. This is how to change meetings from being a thing that people dread and a waste of time to making them productive, exciting and a great experience for everyone.
This also creates a culture that says you really care about your people and what they are doing. It helps your team build relationships as well. You might be surprised at what’s going on in their lives when you get to know them on a more personal level. This creates a new kind of synergy with your team when you acknowledge the wins.
This is one of the things we share with people when we are working with them using The Dream Employee. If you’d like to know more about The Dream Employee and The Employee Maximizer, schedule a free consultation and we can explain in more detail how we can help increase your employee engagement and employee retention by helping your employees achieve their hopes, dreams and aspirations.