Are your team meetings met with apprehension, or – even worse – fear? If so, it may be time to make a change. Even the most jam-packed company meetings shouldn’t be groan-worthy endeavors. Rather, meetings should be seen as an opportunity to organize, refuel and motivate your team.
Ready to inspire? Here are a few tips from Weed Man on how to pump up your team.
1. Break the Ice.
Kickstart your meeting by breaking the ice in an interactive way. By no means should icebreakers be deemed unnecessary, as they can help set the tone of a meeting and create a comfortable vibe in the room. Small meetings often benefit from open discussion about an unrelated, possibly humorous topic. If you’ve got a large team to host, consider holding a quirky poll to find out how everyone felt about a recent project or development. This seemingly small addition to your daily or weekly meetings can be a huge difference-maker and turn meetings into an enjoyable experience for all involved.
2. Give Kudos.
Set aside time during your meetings to celebrate the work of deserving employees. If a member of your team recently went above and beyond on a project, then be sure to give credit where credit is due. Many individuals thrive on positive feedback and will be thrilled to earn public recognition for a job well done.
3. Tell Stories.
As a manager, it is your job to be a good motivator when the going gets tough. Tell stories of your own successes and how you overcame the same types of obstacles that your team may be facing. A personal story or two will always help eliminate fears and insecurities better than platitudes can.
4. End with a Goal in Mind.
When using a meeting to pump up your team, it is important to set your sights on a solid, attainable goal. That way all involved parties leave with a renewed sense of purpose and responsibility. Remember: you never want your gatherings to be deemed pointless or irrelevant. Setting goals, assigning tasks, and focusing in on future projects will help add meaning to your meetings.
Embrace meetings as an excellent opportunity to motivate your team and prepare them for what’s ahead. By making a few minor tweaks to your usual agenda, you’ll be able quash employee meeting-related anxiety and create a positive environment where your team can thrive.
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