6 ways to plan engaging meetings

If only your CEO would quit boring everyone in those dreary town halls. Don’t despair. There’s a better way to do it. Learn from show biz, and present one big idea.

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You can see it from where you sit, but you’re hoping your leaders don’t notice up there on the dais.

That employee town hall your chief executive was so eager to hold? The entire audience is fidgeting, yawning, glancing at their watches, tweeting, checking Facebook on their smartphones.

If your meetings seem lackluster—bereft of purpose, driven by wordy PowerPoint slides and crammed with too much information—listen to Alison Davis, CEO of Davis & Co.

In a Ragan Training webinar titled “How to plan engaging meetings,” Davis offers tips that will turn your meetings from snoozers into dynamic sessions that will send employees back to work inspired and ready to advance your goals.

Davis’ firm has helped power up meetings and has offered advice to leading companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Motorola Solutions, Nestlé, Roche and Rogers Communications.

So put down the smartphones, and pay attention to her advice. Among her tips:

1. Don’t make your meeting an information dump.

You always hear about those information cascades. It’s how smart companies communicate, right?

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