Making Brainstorming Work
To make brainstorming work, have two meetings to determine “what to do” and then “how to do it”.
Brainstorming if not properly conducted can waste time and creative juice.
To make it work, leadership influencer Dan Rockwell has a tip: Successful brainstorming calls for two meetings.
The first meeting is a “What might we do” meeting.
The second is a “How might we do it” meeting.
Divide the efforts and focus maximises creativity and follow through.
Originally from the blog of Dan Rockwell
Tell Me What You Heard
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In some cultures, the concept of “saving face” is very important.
Sometimes in meetings, when a person explains something and others don’t quite understand, they wouldn’t ask because they don’t want to be thought of as slow, lack of knowledge, or being distracted.
In other cases, it’s simply misunderstanding.
The consequences: misalignment, unclear expectations, may lead to recurring meetings in the future.
As you explain something to someone, make sure they got it by asking them to say what they have understood from you.
How To End A Meeting
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Ev Williams, CEO of Medium has a wonderful idea: The facilitator/host goes around the room asking everyone to make comments, say how they feel about what were discussed.
This allows people to get things off their chest and receive feedback about how the meeting can be improved. They might come up with ideas/ issues that are worth noted but otherwise ignored.
At Amazemeet, we have a section called “Off topics” so these points can be recorded – have you tried that?
Closing rounds can also get the ones who didn’t have a chance contribute to voice their thoughts. And most of all, these rounds can be fun and positive they”re a great way to better meetings.
So try that out and let us know how it went!