7 clever methods for jazzing up mundane meetings

Your 11:15 to 11:45 gathering is in its third hour. Hangry colleagues are glaring at each other or playing Sudoku on their phones. Nothing is getting done. Here’s how to break the cycle.

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It’s common to get trapped in a two-hour meeting, discussing irrelevant topics and losing sight of your day.

However, if you conduct them correctly, meetings can be productive, engaging and to the point. Though it can be a struggle to check off all three things, some companies are getting creative about meetings.

From Pixar’s Note’s Day to Buffer’s Masterminds, check out these seven out-there ways companies are revamping their meetings:

1. Note’s Day. On this day, Pixar puts things on pause to facilitate companywide brainstorming sessions. Employees gather in small teams to share ideas and discuss relevant issues and company challenges. Leaders from various departments drop in on other teams’ meetings to hear and understand disparate viewpoints.

2. Goalfest. Cloud computing platform DigitalOcean developed a way of reaching goals and tracking performance. In a weekly, hourlong meeting,team members join a shared Google Spreadsheet, where they each set and share their goals for the coming week and publicly score the previous week’s goals. This keeps employees accountable, and it opens discussions for improvements, recognition and challenges.

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