It’s a very simple concept. We’ve removed the desks and chairs and supplied ultra comfy bean bags in some bright and zingy colours to really wake everyone up and encourage a more productive meeting.
By putting together a relaxed package of tasty street food, fruit infused water and fresh fruit we want to get the creative juices flowing. We really believe that people are more productive when they are comfortable and above all relaxed.
Meetings of old can be like death by Powerpoint. Endless slides and too many hours sat at a desk are not a great way to encourage people to participate, which are probably why lots of meetings are instantly forgettable. There have been lots of surveys about unproductive meetings. In a recent article by Atlassian in the US it was argued that directors and department heads can waste up to 31 hours a month in unproductive meetings. This amounted to over $31billion in lost time over a year.
So how do you make your meetings a little more enjoyable and far more productive? It is a combination of the following which will go a long way to making a meeting have better outcomes.
- Plan the agenda in advance
- Agree what the expected outcomes should be
- Follow up the agreed points to ensure action has been taken
- Plan time to evaluate the results with all delegates
Good meetings are all about good planning. So make sure you plan so that the meeting doesn’t end up a waste of time. There are lots of things you can do to get the most out of the time. Start with what the expected outcome is and work back so you include things that help this happen.
So what are you going to do to stimulate your meeting’s productivity?
Well think about the location. Is it one you’ve used before? If so how about trying something new or even quirky? Our Skyloft venue with our bean bag delegate package could be just the significant change you need to get things moving in the right direction.
- Use ice-breakers to get things started
- Make sure the agenda is an inclusive one
- Food is a great way to get people productive
- Use some great “brain food” like fresh fruit and not boiled sweets
- Keep people hydrated throughout the day
- Regular breaks and even a few activities help keep people awake
Most people don’t set out to make their meeting one of the statistics about bad ones. But along the way things happen that end up with delegates leaving without the motivation to do anything with what was discussed.
Which is a huge shame considering everyone’s time costs money and all you wanted to do was improve the business.