If you have started building your team, you are probably thinking about hosting team meetings. This is a great thing to do but you may find you have difficulty getting attendance. So what can you do to get people out and attending?
Here are some ideas to help you:
Have an Agenda – If everyone knows what they are coming for, they are more likely to decide if they need the information or not.
Have a Timetable – One big reason people do not attend is time. If you can tell them approximately what and when you will be discussing and how long the meeting is, they can make a better decision.
Recognition – Make sure you recognize those who have accomplished something this month. It could be a new recruit, personal best sales or just having a party. You may want to use standing recognition or a different method. Stay tuned this week for more information on team recognition.
Participation – Have others present something at the meeting. This could be a two minute demonstration or a product or a one on one interaction.
Theme – Keep a theme to the meeting. For instance, if you plan to discuss the new product, then you may want to keep to the topic of new or the season of the catalogue.
Training – Teach your team something new. But do not drag it out. Ideally you want something that can be done in 5 to 10 minutes such as a new game, maybe a different way of presenting a product or how to set up their table.
Topic List – In the interest of keeping the meeting on time, have a paper handy for ideas that come up that are not part of the night’s agenda. You can ask the person who brought it up to stay after to discuss or it may be something that becomes a topic for another meeting.
If you can keep your meetings interesting, fun and on topic, chances are people will start attending and then encouraging others to attend.
Do you have any other tips for a successful team meeting?
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