Getting together

So much happens when we get together in a group for a meeting. What can you do so that meetings and collaborative efforts have the qualities you most want for satisfying, productive, engaged, and memorable interaction?

One key element of many great meetings and gatherings is that they deliberately let each person be more of themselves while connecting people in a group experience where all feel they are part of a greater team or community.

When meetings succeed at openly embracing each person while connecting people in community, each person contributes more, and everyone and the organization benefit.

Here are 3 ideas:

  1. Set a tone of welcoming. Warmth and inclusion that affirms each person as a unique contributor creates a distinctively beneficial culture at the beginning of each meeting you convene.
  2. Envision and express clear shared intentions. These frame the purpose and practical aims so interactions can be effective and time well spent and appreciated. A group can only see, aim and deliver on intentions that are made clear.
  3. Make room for individual expression and use active listening so the meeting can be held and end with all having been said and heard. Silence is rarely overused. Use it generously.

If these may seem obvious or worth glossing over, think again. Don’t underestimate the value of attention to a quality experience.  Consider how many meetings you’re in where these aren’t done. People continually notice what you’re attending to and caring about, and that affects all dynamics of participation.