It’s hard to do productive meetings – especially if you have to do multiple a day. They can be dull, boring, unproductive or outright horrible. But there are a lot of ways to make them more productive and more fun.
No, this is not that kind of article that says you have to begin with a beautiful inspirational quote like ‘Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try’, or that you have to start with something new and fun and playful or whatever. These are some tips that actually work to make your meetings more productive and fun.
Sometimes a meeting just consists of drinking coffee and talking about stuff you did last weekend. Breaking news: that’s not really productive. Before you go into a meeting, it’s important to think of what you want to accomplish with this meeting exactly. If you don’t do this, it’s pointless to even have the meeting.
Maybe it seems like something obvious, but remember all those meetings that just existed because… yeah, because of what? So, from now on, your meetings will have a goal, you will state this goal from the beginning, you won’t lose track of this goal, and in the end, you will achieve the goal.
You’re not alone
Then, remember that you’re not the only one who is doing this meeting. You’re doing it with your co-workers, so have a conversation (or, why the heck not, a meeting!) about what you want to get out of your meetings. Maybe some people just want to drink coffee and talk about their weekends. You don’t know, so ask them. You can decide together what you want to get out of your meetings.
And, while this may be counter-intuitive, just relaxing, having a cup of coffee and talk about the things you did last weekend can also really help for your productivity. Don’t be too serious. Just make sure you’re not only talking about your weekend.