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Easy Ways to Make Your Meetings More Fun

Your meetings are boring. They are. It’s not that you are boring. It’s that people get sick of hearing from the same person. People get sick of hearing me if I am the only one talking too. (Just ask my team; they will tell you.) After a while, we can all sound a little bit like Charlie Brown’s teacher: “Wah wah wah wah wah.”

We want to make sure that our meetings are engaging. We want to make sure that people are doing more than barely staying awake. And we want to make sure that they are entertained and educated in our meetings.

The good news is that making your meetings more fun can actually make your life easier because it means that you don’t have to be the expert. Most managers assume that they need to be the one running their meetings and they do. But that does not mean that they have to do all the talking. Here are ways that you can take some of the pressure off yourself by making someone else the expert:

  1. Play Videos.

    Let the video do the training. You can play Ted Talks or Rocky clips. There are funny or inspiring videos that can help illustrate the point in an engaging way.

  2. Share Articles.

    You don’t need to be the creator of all of the content. You need to be the curator. Look for articles online that drive your message.

  3. Share Customer Testimonials.

    It is really easy to overlook the value that you provide to your customers. Your job as a leader is to always be reminding your team of the cause that they are a part of and the service that they provide. You should be sharing these in all of your meetings to keep your people inspired.

  4. Get a Guest Speaker.

    Invite someone in to speak from another department or organization. Our coaches actually come in to speak at sales meetings for free to be an outside voice delivering a similar message from another perspective. Your guest speaker can be anyone who can help your team members grow. They can be a financial advisor or a yoga instructor. Having someone from the outside just helps change it up.

  5. Let Your Top Performers Train.

    One of the very best things you can do is have your top performers train. Anytime you have a message that you need to drive home, look to your team for who is really excelling in this area. Ask them to share what they are doing to be successful. Not only will what they share be valuable, but by teaching it, they better identify what they did to be successful so they can duplicate it again and again. The teacher always learns as much, if not more than, the student.

Remember, your job as a leader is not to be in the spotlight but to be the spotlight operator. These are just a few ideas to make your meetings more fun and they actually help make your job easier.

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