5 ways to host better town halls

Hold your meeting in the round. Lower the height of the stage. These and other tips from a global ed-tech company can turn around those dreary all-employee events.

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Perhaps you’ve attended town hall meetings where bored audience members struggle to stay awake or furtively peek at their smartphones, oblivious to the chief executive’s pep talk.

If you’ve ever longed for a better way to get your message across in a meeting, Alison Pase has a few pointers for you.

Pase is vice president of internal communications for Cengage Learning, a global ed-tech company in Boston, and she offers her tips in the Ragan Training webinar, “Create Amazing Town Hall Meetings: Practical, cost-effective ways to reinvent your next employee event.”

“This is a huge part of what we do in internal communications, regardless of how big or small the groups or companies are that we’re working with,” Pase says.

Here are five takeaways from her session:

1. Hold your town halls in the round.

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