Happiness #asktheguru

What do round tables, the waft of peppermint and a stop watch have in common? They can each help your meetings be more engaging and your attendees more involved. These are just some really effective but simple to implement tactics shared with attendees at the Ask the guru with Michelle Hawkins from The Flying Dodo on Tuesday 18 June.

Our Guru for the evening, Michelle Hawkins made sure everyone who attended had fun and learned something new.

See the storify below which outlines the top tips that everyone took away from the event.

Happiness #asktheguru

CIPR Inside’s Ask the Guru with @thehappydodo

  1. #asktheguru Multi-tasking swifts attention away from the room…@thehappydodo suggests not to take mobiles with you during a meeting…
  2. Big thank you to @thehappydodo for a brilliant event about making employees happier in meetings #asktheguru @ciprinside
  3. Big thank you to @thehappydodo for a brilliant event about making employees happier in meetings #asktheguru @ciprinside
  4. @MrsHelenT Thanks so much Helen! It was wonderful to see you at the first #asktheguru! Huge IC hugs!!! 🙂 Looking 4ward to catching up!
  5. Well done @MVM94 for organising such a brilliant #asktheguru You’re a star!
  6. Yes! RT @MrsHelenT: Tech etiquette – humans cannot actually multi-task, we shift attention. Ban mobiles in meetings #asktheguru
  7. @ciprinside #asktheguru Event just finished…lots of takeaways for engaging staff more effectively during meetings!
  8. Big thank you to @thehappydodo for a brilliant event about making employees happier in meetings #asktheguru @ciprinside
  9. #asktheguru Taking the positives & managing them into meetings can be challenging in situations discussing job loss, redundancies…
  10. Natural instinct is to find somewhere to hide and shelter in a room. Is that why everyone sits in the back row at Town Halls?! #asktheguru
  11. Digital detox – everyone in the room is up for the challenge #asktheguru
  12. #asktheguru Emotions are contagious…Make someone feel happy, bring people into the conversation, encourage them…Don’t dominate…
  13. If senior leaders moan about meetings, the whole organisation will #asktheguru
  14. We take our energy and mood from the most emotionally expressive person in the room – positive or negative #asktheguru
  15. Tech etiquette – humans cannot actually multi-task, we shift attention. Ban mobiles in meetings #asktheguru
  16. #asktheguru Discussing the challenge of not being digital during internal meetings…difficult, almost everyone brings mobiles & other tools
  17. #asktheguru Multi-tasking swifts attention away from the room…@thehappydodo suggests not to take mobiles with you during a meeting…
  18. Tech etiquette – humans cannot actually multi-task, we shift attention. Ban mobiles in meetings #asktheguru
  19. Don’t underestimate the impact of greenery in the room #asktheguru
  20. #asktheguru Make feel people safe & comfortable…space has a huge impact on work performance…
  21. #asktheguru Space & meetings…Discussing how people mark their territory…
  22. Round tables perfect for reducing hierarchy. No one can mark their territory #asktheguru
  23. Standing up in meetings encourages quicker decision making – thinking on your feet in action #asktheguru
  24. #asktheguru Locations & meetings: think about the sense of collaboration & decision-making needed to achieve during the meeting
  25. Standing up in meetings encourages quicker decision making – thinking on your feet in action #asktheguru
  26. If furniture in room doesn’t look cared for, your employees won’t feel cared for #asktheguru
  27. #asktheguru Senses, emotional responses & their impacts on meetings..Pay attention to lights, fresh air & seats in the work setting
  28. 75% of everything we do is driven by smell. Peppermint and lemongrass are good. Invest in an IC scent machine #asktheguru
  29. Linked up with the lovely Sandra Steel from CIPR Scotland in the break. We’re going to see if we can roll out #asktheguru in Scotland
  30. Open that window and let in the fresh air at your next meeting #asktheguru
  31. Dim lighting in meetings makes you feel more peaceful but also more sleepy #asktheguru
  32. Closing is key. Great tips tonight >> “@MrsHelenT: Focus on endings as much as beginnings to build employee engagement #asktheguru
  33. I especially like: “@MrsHelenT: Great idea – at the beginning of every meeting, everyone says why they’re there #asktheguru
  34. I especially like: “@MrsHelenT: Great idea – at the beginning of every meeting, everyone says why they’re there #asktheguru
  35. Julian Treasure is a learning sound expert. Find him on ted.com #asktheguru
  36. #asktheguru Noise is one of the biggest barrier to productivity at work…
  37. 35 decibels is perfect for a room. More triggers a stress response and stops you being creative and productive #asktheguru
  38. Mozart has crescendos which make you feel good. Great music for IC events #asktheguru
  39. #asktheguru How can we manage the mood in a room during meetings? How can we create atmosphere?…music could be one option.
  40. Arrive early at your IC event to greet colleagues #asktheguru
  41. @ciprinside #asktheguru Say ‘Thank you’ is an effective way of welcoming people to meetings, it shows appreciation #internalcomms
  42. Welcome people who are late to meetings but don’t recap – waste of everyone’s time #asktheguru
  43. @ciprinside #asktheguru How do you manage the agenda of the meeting? Map out all the different scenes…What’s the welcome? What’s the end?
  44. Focus on endings as much as beginnings to build employee engagement #asktheguru
  45. @ciprinside #asktheguru Talking about agenda & meetings…Start a meeting with something very positive and finish it positively…
  46. Staff have positive expectations of off-site meetings. IC teams can take advantage of this #asktheguru
  47. @ciprinside #asktheguru High ceilings and bright rooms have a huge impact on learning…good for internal meetings…
  48. @ciprinside #asktheguru Discussing about locations for meetings…Be aware of your environment, think about distractions…
  49. If you’re in a strategy meeting you should change seats every 10 minutes #asktheguru
  50. Energy you exert in a meeting is as exhausting as going for a run #asktheguru
  51. Do something novel in meetings to stop colleagues’ brains falling asleep #asktheguru
  52. Stopwatch in meetings and 40mins max says one IC pro #asktheguru
  53. Discussing assessing internal meetings…What’s in it for each participant? What can they bring in? #asktheguru @ciprinside
  54. Great idea – at the beginning of every meeting, everyone says why they’re there #asktheguru
  55. We only value things when we have them less. Argument for fewer meetings? #asktheguru
  56. We’re laughing at sighs of relief among staff when meetings are cancelled #asktheguru
  57. People hate not knowing why they’re at meetings and what they’re expected to contribute #asktheguru
  58. How many of the meetings we attend at work are actually productive? Discussing this at #asktheguru by @ciprinside

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