#10: build a better meeting

today’s build a better meeting tip comes from jonathan cliff, the children’s ministry pastor at trinity church in lubbock, texas.  jonathan is a meeting genius expert, and is committed to doing all he can to make meetings effective and efficient.

tip: please steal from others!

i have a team meeting every two weeks, and it’s a chore to keep it exciting. a few tips that are obvious, are to always come prepared and smile when you talk!  but the biggest tip of all is to steal all the great content you can from anywhere you can get it.  i’ve heard it said that plagiarism is the highest form of flattery, let’s see if i can prove it.

i always give credit where credit is due, but i’m not above telling my team, “i read this on a leading kid’s ministry website, and i’d like to talk about it here.” i then read through whatever i have, and try to end with the question, “now…how does this apply to us here at trinity church?” (i can’t overstate this question, it’s imperative to get the discussion going.)

this isn’t rocket science, but i try and get the energy of all the great content that exists in magazines, books, and the internet and then transfer it to my team.  energy isn’t always easily created on my own, and every little bit helps.  to really mix it up, i assign this task to somebody on my team from time to time.  this way they’re responsible for bringing something to get the creative energies flowing with everyone else.

meetings don’t have to be boring, they hold the potential to bring the catalyst for change that will effect everything that happens during a weekend experience!

thank you, jonathan! build a better meeting is a collaborative project – if you’ve got a great tip for building a better meeting, email or tweet me: amy@lemonlimekids.com | @adolan

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for listening everybody! I’d love to know what you guys use to bring creative energy to your meetings!

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