#2: build a better meeting

i have a holy discontent for bad meetings. last week, i launched a new project called build a better meeting. each monday, i’ll  post a simple tip or trick that can be immediately implemented at your next meeting.

i’m thrilled that this has already turned into a collaborative project. today’s meeting tip comes from stephanie spencer at blackhawk church in wisconsin.

image from blackhawkchurch.org

tip #2: introduce a compelling problem early in the meeting
(stephanie originally heard this tip from patrick lencioni and has since adapted it for her own context.)
just like a good book, introduce the problem early so that your participants will stay interested in figuring out how the problem is resolved.  i try to introduce a compelling problem that needs the help of everyone around the table within the first 10 minutes of a meeting. i talk about why it’s complicated, why it’s important, and why they are in the room to solve it. in brainstorming meetings, i often try to to first brainstorm barriers to being able to solve the problem. this seems to help everyone get the negative energy out of their system first, and the more complicated the problem sounds, the more people feel energized to take the next steps in figuring out solutions. now, let’s be honest – this doesn’t work for every meeting, sometimes there are simple nuts and bolt details that have to be discussed. but whenever possible, i try to organize my agenda this way. i’ve found that solving a problem together gets the energy flowing and gives each participant a role to play in the meeting.

thank you, stephanie! that is a fantastic 2 degree tip!  build a better meeting is all about making simple yet intentional tweaks in order to make our meetings more efficient and effective.
if you’ve got a great tip for building a better meeting – email or tweet me: amy@lemonlimekids.com | @adolan, and i’ll give you a guest spot on this blog. and together we will build a better meeting.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Steve on March 6, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I’m using this idea on Sunday. Thanks!


  2. Posted by amyedolan on March 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    hey steve! how did the meeting go?


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