Stop Running Boring Meetings – Here’s How
Guest blogger Breana Oliver is a student leader at California State University at Bakersfield. Currently, she is serving at the president of the PRSSA Chapter at CSUB.
Breana has shared a few tips for running fun and engaging meetings with your student organization, based on her own experiences at CSUB. Have a few tips of your own? Let us know in the comments!
[<a href="http://storify.com/shannonlehotsky/story-8" mce_href="http://storify.com/shannonlehotsky/story-8" target="_blank">View the story " " on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1> </h1> <h2></h2> <p>Storified by Shannon Lehotsky &middot; Tue, Oct 02 2012 07:10:18</p> <div> <p><b>1. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Be the fat penguin -&nbsp;break the&nbsp;ice</b></p> <p>Icebreakers let people become more comfortable around oneanother, which ultimately leads to a more productive and happy team. &nbsp;Ice breaker activities can rangefrom spending the first 5 to 10 minutes of the meeting discussing&nbsp;current events, to participating in a “Minute to Win It”challenge. &nbsp;The key here is to setup an activity or timeframe to allow members to settle in to the meeting and torelax before the real “work” begins.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p><b>2. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Spice Up&nbsp;Presentations</b></p> <p>Formost of us, it is easy to conduct a meeting in a manner similar to a lecture. &nbsp;Asa leader, it is important to diversify the methods that you use to presentinformation toyour team. From incorporating small group discussions, to having guestspeakers, to changingaudio/visual presentation platforms, there are many innovative and creative ways for you to make your meetings more exciting.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div>Boring Economics Teacherangelabroz87</div> <div> <p><b>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Set Goals</b></p> <p>Goalsetting is a vital part of being successful in any organization. &nbsp;It providesthe framework for what the organization hopes to achieve and allows for eachmember’s desires to be heard. &nbsp;By setting goals for each meeting, members are able to inform the organizationleaders about what they want they expect to gain from being a member of your organization. Inworking with my PRSSA (The Public Relations Student Society of America) chapterat CSU Bakersfield, I’ve found that some of our most engaging meetings havebeen the ones were we have spent the majority of the meeting listing our goalsfor the chapter. This goal list provides both the Executive Board and the othermembers of the chapter with standards to see how much we have achieved over thecourse of the year as a chapter.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <p><b>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Build a Dialogue</b></p> <p>By asking open-ended questions in your meeting, you give your teammembers an opportunity to express themselves. &nbsp;Don’t stick with ‘yes’ and ‘no’questions, but rather structure your questions in a manner to learn more aboutyour team member’s thoughts, feelings and opinions. Encourage members to writedown questions or commentary that they have during the meeting and schedule time for them to&nbsp;be addressed at the end of the meeting or at another designated time.&nbsp;</div> <div> <p><b>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Feed the Beast</b></p> <p>Atthe end of day, there is one thing that most people can bond over and that myfriends, is food. &nbsp;By providing snacks, you build an atmospherewhere members are able to feel more comfortable, thus keeping their energylevel high and more active. If you decide to provide snacks at the meeting, make sure you poll your members beforehand&nbsp;so that you can best cater to theirneeds.&nbsp;</p> </div> <p>