4 brain-boosting tips for your next meeting

Guest Blog by Yvonne Szikla, founder of Events with a Purpose

1535837953_bb095b1458_mWhat’s the best way to harness all that brain power that shows up at your next meeting?  The folks over at Brain Research Advance Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) are trying to unravel this mystery, thanks to a $46 million federal grant. How we think, learn and remember provide the basics for optimizing brain power and maximizing a successful meeting.

Brain-friendly meetings enhance learning by incorporating ergonomic principles from lighting (warm white light is best), to proper acoustics to comfortable chairs.

4 brain-boosting tips for your next meeting:

  1. Keep it simple

The human brain has a limited amount of processing power.  Studies have shown that the average person can pay attention for approximately 20 minutes before starting to fade.  Something as simple as having participants stand and shake hands with each other allows the brain to take a break while increasing circulation and blood flow to the brain.

  1. Keep it Real

Reconstructive learning allows participants to reconstruct, repeat, and recognize what they just heard – one of the best ways to learn something new.

  1. Keep it Brief

Brain experts recommend a break after 1.5 hours of work to keep participants focused.  The break doesn’t have to be long; 10 to 15 minutes works.  Targeted, prioritized content specifically geared toward the audience maximizes focus to achieve goals.

  1. Stage an Experience

Meetings aren’t just face-to-face exchanges of business information; meetings are enriching, one-of-a-kind personal experiences and can best be summed up with this Chinese proverb:

“Tell me, I’ll forget, Show me, I may remember.  But involve me, and I’ll understand.”

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For more insights from Yvonne, see her newest piece in Successful Meetings magazine. 

Photo by  Aaron Goselin on Flickr