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Creative Meeting Ideas

In the past we have discussed Using An Employee Committee to Informally Improve Communication. Boring Meetings? Get Out the Water Guns shares some creative ways that companies are using to make meetings more interesting, efficient, and effective. The end result: more attendees are speaking up and sharing their ideas:

Heather Logrippo says her employees didn't seem too enthusiastic at first when she handed out construction paper and crayons and told them to find a quiet place for 30 minutes.

The unconventional assignment—in which workers were asked to use the crayons and paper to brainstorm a customer-incentive program—was part of an effort to make staff meetings more efficient, says Ms. Logrippo, owner and publisher of "Distinctive Homes," a monthly magazine based in Boston. Ms. Logrippo believed the tools would help employees come back with colorful suggestions to present around the conference table.

"This was a situation where you couldn't just Google the answer," she says. "They came out with great ideas."

Other ideas addressed include the following:

  • Using water guns to spray naysayers or those who don't participate.
  • Having participants write ideas down anonymously on post-its and rearranging them for all to read.
  • Calculating and sharing the cost of each meeting so participants understand the true cost of the meeting
  • Using software or technology to hold interactive meetings, even when working remotely.