Top 5 – Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Team Meetings

istock_Boardroom Image_Board of SecretsYour team meetings are they entertaining yet redundant? Boring yet effective or something else entirely?

In a recent social media survey conducted by Happening People 58% of respondents felt their team meetings were boring and only 42% of respondents felt their meetings were fun and effective.

When you consider how much money it costs an organisation to run a meeting are you really getting your money’s worth? A simple exercise is to work out the basic cost of a team meeting by working out the hourly rate of each individual present at the meeting and adding up the hours. You may need to factor in the ‘hire’ of the room, the Telco equipment costs and the revenue lost (i.e. no sales calls that hour).  Some companies have found that by doing this simple exercise they are able to keep the meeting effective, on topic and on time as the cost of the meeting is too great not to get solid actions from the meeting.

Happening People have more great ideas to boost the effectiveness of your team meeting in our Top 5 To Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Team Meetings. We would love to hear your feedback and what you or your organisation has implemented in the comments area below.

1. Consider the Time Frame
A team meeting needs to run as often as it is effective to do so.  As a manager you will need to work out what is appropriate. Whether the meeting has been running for years weeks, or is yet to commence it is important that the timing reflects the work that needs doing.  For example if you are running a call centre or sales team  where the work and responsibilities are fairly consistent then you only want to run the meeting for one hour  fortnightly or monthly. However if there is daily scheduling of tasks that need to occur like in a hospital or  you are managing a group of trades people who travel from job to job you may want a  twenty minute meeting each morning.

2. Rev up the Fun Factor
Nowhere is it written down that team meetings need to be boring or that your team needs to dread the idea of the team meeting approaching. Here are some ideas to inject some interest into the meeting. Organise someone to bring a ‘treat’ each meeting. Play word ‘bingo’, “fidget boxes” aka little bins one each table of Koosh balls, squishes or the like for team members to play with when they are feeling antsy. Another idea is to remove the chairs and make everyone stand – meeting will end sooner! Guaranteed! Or finally how about at your next meeting you go around the table and get each person to sum up their day, mood, week or weekend in one to three words.

3. Be Organised
A timely, well organised meeting that has a structure and consistency will always be more effective than one that doesn’t. Make sure you or whomever you have delegated sends out the agenda as well as the minutes of the previous meeting.  Make sure the minutes are prepared well in advance of the next meeting to allow stakeholders and participants time to review.  There are a lot of templates available on line to help structure the minutes.

4. Reduce Interruptions and Tardiness
The best way to reduce interruptions (some of them unavoidable) is to set ground rules.  Do not assume that everyone has the same ambitions or respect for the team meeting as you do.  You may need to reiterate these ground rules at the start of every meeting or make it clear on the each agenda set out what the ground rules are.  Some ideas for these rules might be;
-All mobile & electronic devices off or on silent during the meeting
-If a call does need to be taken advise the Chair prior to the start of the meeting
-Take such calls outside the meeting room
-If you cannot attend the meeting advise the Chair prior to the meeting, send your apologies and a replacement if required
-During the meeting all agenda items will have at least one action point and owner against them at the conclusion of the meeting.

5. Engage Participants
When you are able to engage participants then you are more likely to have an effective meeting.  Get participants involved; help them ‘own’ the meeting and its outcomes by doing some or all of the following;

-Rotate the Chair person and the Minute taker
-Keep participants accountable to the tasks they need to deliver on
-Ask one person each meeting to give a two minute presentation on a particular industry hot topic
-Have a person prepare and tidy the room prior to and at the end of the meeting.

There are many ways to conduct a meeting that ensures effective results.  Happening People have worked with many organisations to boost the effectiveness of Team Meetings through our Leadership Academy.  If you would like more information, feel free to call 1800 68 67 69 or contact us at http://www.happeningpeople.com

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