By Andrea Driessen, Chief Boredom Buster, No More Boring Meetings On a recent adventure in China, I spent at least half the time being uncomfortable. Hot, sweaty, crushed by crowds, lost, confused. After a few days of being cranky, I realized that in exchange for this discomfort, I had the rare chance to experience forever-memorable moments that would have been impossible without first being uncomfortable: Trekking the Great Wall, viewing Mao Zedong’s embalmed body, eating some of the world’s most delicious dumplings, communicating in a very foreign language, standing amidst some of the most gorgeous scenery on earth. But I’m not here to talk about what I did on my summer vacation. Via discomforting travel, I also saw a strong correlation between discomfort and meeting success….and how building in some discomfort into meetings helps attendees experience lasting—and positive—memories and deeper learning. It can mean the difference between significant behavior change and complacency-maintaining status quo for your audiences. How to purposefully add Discomfort to your Meeting Agenda…. It’s natural to view high levels of comfort as central to a successful meeting. Of course, want to provide a comfy venue, lighting—and enlightenment. Yet when attendees are UN-comfortable in particular ways…exposed to the unknown….they…
Let’s say your last event was a resounding success—everyone returned to work energized, educated and ready to do their best work. Buzz around the “water cooler” was high for weeks.
Now what? How do you extend event engagement—long after the meeting? How do you get more “bang from your engagement buck”—without spending a lot more time, effort and….well….bucks?
If, in the current economic climate, you think you can’t hold a best-in-class meeting, think again. Try one or more of these no- or low-cost, easy-to-implement meeting formats, and you’ll quickly raise the bar on audience engagement and takeaway.