Reflect – Then Bolt from Meetings!

eweber   February 7, 2009   9 Comments

Tom Hansen said it best in his cartoon video Why Meetings Suck! Check out this hilarious video and when you stop laughing you’ll likely see yourself also trapped in the meeting Hansen dramatizes. Hopefully you’re not the bloke who leads such gatherings. In either case,  brain based approaches offer results that transform meetings into vibrant roundtables that you and your peers deserve.

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Ask the lecturer in this video and he will say he engages listeners.  He might even go on to suggest today’s audiences expect too much and give too little. Ask listeners and they may support these 100 reasons to run hard from lectures!

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Not surprisingly, research backs Hansen’s clboring meeting.gifaims and then some! Consider 5 reflections before you plan or attend the next meeting.  Then bolt from everything that resembles the traps you got glued into by Tom Hansen characters – who OWN the meeting.

5 Brain Considerations that Should Cancel all Meetings as We Know and Endure Them:

1. Speakers bore you for good reason! Few speakers realize that less than 5% of what listeners hear, actually sticks. That’s according to research from National Training Lab and quoted by Geoff Petty in Teaching Today. Makes sense, wouldn’t you agree? Let’s face it – whenever one person drones on, every other brain in the room wastes time, as the entire group tosses talent out the window. Far better to grow brain cells for the meeting’s agenda by engaging multiple intelligences that come with any gathering. The meeting then moves from boredom survival to ramp up IQ for applying results.
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2. People dominate or worse, they  bully at meetings – with a kind of tone that shuts out opposing views. Have you seen it happen?  In one blow, tone can kill initiatives and stomp out the best ideas from those who differ. No wonder participants head for hidden seats in the back, where they can at least text a friend or check email.  It seems better to most, than enduring words or abiding a bully’s body language that promises surefire demise of any healthy exchangelose pace in a meeting.jpgs.

3. PowerPoints short circuit brainpower in most groups, so that people in the meeting tend to zone out long before key points are made.  Some slip into sleep mode, while others seethe silently, and a few  pretend to be fixated on the PowerPoints bellsasleep in meeting.jpg and whistles.  Initially the colors and frames may act as mild pain killers, but not much more. Similar to monologues slides and graphs, can power down a groups’ brains and rock folks to sleep.

4. Lack of connections between what’s spoken at meetings, and what’s experienced by participants, come when leaders live myths about the human brain. Reality connects to people’s brainpower by unleashing dynamic ability to transform stuff spoken in meetings into mutual benefits at work. Harmful myths such as venting gets things off one’s chest, prevent people from seeing how venting creates toxic neuron pathways for more venting. Or myths about cynicism that disguises for humor and adds conflict. Or that disagreement is a bad thing, simply because opposing ideas are not facilitated well. Even myths about the fact that what’s good for men is good for women, disregard the wonderful neuro-discoveries for both genders and can leave some people shut out mentally.

5. Inability of leaders to facilitate so thoughtful people are silenced, rather than helpful. Effective leaders facilitate more brainpower by asking 2-footed questions, rather than talking at people. They target improvements in briefly stated goals that generate new neuron pathways to higher peaks. They move change along through multiple intelligence challenges. And they facilitate reflections that stoke create innovation to reach the next levels, in ways that override the brain’s default for ruts.

What could your next meeting do differently to open opportunities for more brainpower from intelligent participants?

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9 thoughts on “Reflect – Then Bolt from Meetings!

  1. Wally Bock

    Next time, make the meeting optional. Most need to “be informed” can be handled via email. Make attendance optional and you’ll find out who’s interested. You’ll also only have people in the room who want to be there.

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