BK Blog Post
Posted by Liz Guthridge, Managing Director, Connect Consulting Group.
Liz Guthridge is a coach, consultant and facilitator who helps leaders turn their blue-sky ideas into greener-pasture actions. She uses applied neuroscience, behavior design and mindful communications.
Do your meetings have the energy, emotion and edge needed to keep you and others engaged, performing at your peak, and achieving the results you want?
If not, how would you describe your meeting experiences?
Your responses will help my colleague Scott Wigley and me as we work to help you improve your meetings as well as our own. Our goal is to share any survey results and observations with you before the end of November, which coincides with end of the Atlantic hurricane season.
You see, meetings are similar to the weather – something we all experience, complain about when they’re not to our liking, and often consider ourselves victims because we believe we can’t control the situation.
Yet, we can influence meetings regardless of our role.
Whether we’re a participant or a leader, if we take a broader perspective of meetings, we can make them feel less of an ordeal and more of a welcome experience.
In fact, “experience” is the operative word. Considering the percentage of our life that we spend in meetings, we deserve to feel like we’re taking part in meaningful events rather than going through the motions and marking time.
How do you change your perspective to first view meetings as more than a work obligation and then to create a meaningful meeting experience?
You need to take these steps, based on the brain science and our years of designing, facilitating, and sitting in meetings:
Meanwhile, even though you will probably refuse, I hope you will answer these quick questions about your meeting experiences. The direct link to the brief assessment is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/meetingsexp.
(And if you’re wondering why I’m asking you even though you probably will refuse, it’s because it’s a persuasion technique that works well. That’s because you are free to choose whether to take action or not. For more about this, read You Will Probably Refuse, But I Wonder If You Would Read This Post in the Science of Us.)
As for your meetings, life is too short to suffer through bad meetings. You deserve meetings that energize you, help you make emotional connections with others, and sharpen your edge to advance your work.
If most of your meetings range from “bad” to “meh,” it’s time to enhance your meeting experiences. Or not. It’s your choice. However, you can start by taking this assessment: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/meetingsexp.