I want to share a very simple technique today that I think can add tremendous value.
I attended a meeting the other day and before we got down to the business of the agenda the leader asked us each to reflect on one thing in business and one thing personally that we were really excited about. After a moment or two we were asked to share those two items with the group.
I’m sure meeting facilitators have been doing this kind of thing for years, but I’m sure we’ve all attended meetings that began by simply diving in without pause.
What I observed gave me reason to believe every meeting I ever conduct should start this way – all hands meetings, one on one meetings, project meetings, planning meetings, even meetings with outside vendors and suppliers.
Here are a few reasons why:
- You could physically feel the energy in the room lift as each individual shared something positive
- Everyone in the room became centered – yesterday and the last email were put away
- The meeting was immediately collaborative
- I deepened my relationship personally with each attendee
- I learned more about each professionally than I had in a year
I think the rush to get on with on it keeps us from understanding each other. With understanding comes empathy, compassion, knowledge and perspective – and from these things we are all better prepared to work with each other.
Try this technique in your next networking setting and see how much deeper and more interesting your conversations are.
If you have large group meetings that make sharing with the entire group unmanageable simply ask people to pair up and share individually and then call on a couple people to share with the entire group.
I think you’ll find that this little, simple technique can change the entire dynamic of your meetings and eventually impact the culture of your business and quality of your relationships.
So, tell me what’s one thing your totally excited about right now in your business and in your life.