Are Your Meetings Worth Their Time?

Meetings are critical for communication, alignment and efficiency…If they are productive.

TEDxMidAtlantic 2011 - Arun Majumdar

Here are 5 tips to improve knowledge transfer and audience engagement:

1. Speakers Stop Talking

Speakers should identify three things they want the audience to remember and focus on getting those 3 points across 1-at-a-time. They should plan to stop talking several times in their lectures, even if just for a couple minutes. The audience can summarize what the speaker has said and how they might apply them.

2. Begin With Pairs

When the speaker encourages everyone to find a partner to discuss the question, everyone gets involved in answering that question. The introvert also feels safer talking to one individual than a table of ten or twelve.

3. Create The Safe Space

For audiences, a low-risk activity is one where they collaborate with others to answer a question. High-risk activities stir up the emotions as someone has to answer the question in front of a group. The risk is psychological because most people do not wish to appear ignorant in front of others.

4. Two Before You (If You’re The Speaker)

Ask for two responses to the question before responding. Or when the speaker asks a question, he/she can say, “I would like at least two responses before continuing.”

5. Utilize ARS to Safely Engage

The anonymity of ARS spawns confidence to speak ones mind more freely, even if they are not actually speaking.  An Audience Response System increases: 

  • Engagement of a connected audience
  • Interaction and involvement
  • Retention of material and message
  • Speed of decision making through voting, alignment and shared perspective

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