Have you ever participated in a meeting and there were no introductions?
What about those meetings where there is a back row of participants who sit quietly throughout and it never quite becomes clear why they are there?
These types of poorly planned meetings can really hinder productivity. And sadly, if the organizers would have structured the meetings properly, it would be very helpful for the business and certainly the team.
Now, imagine meetings as a collaborative, human experience.One of my favorite approaches for successful meeting facilitation is called The Meeting Canoe. My friends and colleagues, Dick and Emily Axelrod developed this format so that businesses of any size could benefit from the approach that Fortune 100 companies use to create meetings where productive work happens.
In the latest Energy Bar podcast, Dick Axelrod walks us through The Meeting Canoe, and shows how it is the framework for what needs to happen for a meeting to be successful.The Meeting Canoe explores six conversations that must to take place and how much time should be given to each. It’s a complete re-thinking of the design, execution, and follow-up of meetings. The design below, pulled from The Meeting Canoe website gives you a good picture of the approach.
Take a few minutes to learn about The Meeting Canoe. It’s an approach simple enough to apply right away.
This post first appeared on LinkedIn.