Some meetings suck. But they don’t have to! Better meetings are possible. Here at Lighthouse Conferencing we have heard it all (and apparently so has everyone else). We just don’t think that this has to be the case. Lately you have heard a lot from us around “collaboration” and “engagement” and the theme of nearly all the blog posts out there is around improving those aspects of crappy meetings. And they are all CORRECT! Obviously having an agenda on your Monday morning call and making sure your team knows the content of that call is valuable for their week is important. Providing action items for the team is something the Lighthouse Conferencing crew does after every call. Making sure your meetings start and end on time out of respect for the participants…well, some people are just rude and not considerate of other’s time. There is no advice I can give you (from a conferencing perspective) on how to deal with that! What the Lighthouse team can do really well is give you some ideas on ways to use more engaging and collaborative tools to improve the 3 types of meetings that typically suck…or rather, we hear about the fact that they suck the most!
Collaboration: Sales Meetings
Alright, no one likes sales meetings. Unless you’re killing it! And, even then you want to get back to killing it. What we hear all the time is, “How do we do this sales meeting?”, and our response is always the same…”Let us tell you how to have the best and most collaborative meeting possible!”. There are some options to add additional engagement and collaboration to daily sales meetings, sales kick-offs, sales trainings, and all the other times when information needs to be passed along to those “crazy sales people” out there getting their hands dirty.
Virtual Engagement Conferencing
Sales training, kick-offs, and all hands meetings can be hosted in Virtual Environments to provide an immersive and interactive environment for your folks in the field. Adding gamification (I mean PRIZES!) always incites the competitive side of your sales team. Backend reporting allows you to ensure that the folks who are taking your most valuable ideas to market are attending the sessions they need to attend and hearing what they need to hear to beat your competition.
For the weekly Monday sales call, adding the visual element has been become commonplace. Adobe Connect takes it to another level, allowing your folks to quickly download new collateral during the meeting to have available while you point out the critical points. Breakout rooms are also a great tool when you might have certain reps who are focusing on specific products or need help around a certain issue they have having in the sales process.
Taking meetings and events that have historically been viewed by salespeople as “necessary evils” and making them beneficial by offering information, benefits, and cool prizes is the best way I can think of to improve the dreaded SALES MEETING.
Collaboration: Town Hall Meetings
How did one of the traditionally great get together’s of the United States become such a bad term these days? Quick story – I lived several years in a small town across the lake from New Orleans and I remember my parents heading over to the town hall meetings regularly to discuss topics ranging from main street celebrations to where the best in town for Gumbo was for town promotions (I personally think it was grandma’s house). People coming together and sharing ideas and trying to make the town better. Today I think people roll their eyes in the business world when they hear “the town hall is coming up”. Companies are coming around and starting to understand that investing in the technology around these types of events is extremely important to make sure you provide the type of forum where people can share ideas and concerns with the highest ranking people at the company. I like one tool in particular.
We recently hosted the first town hall for the new Executive team at a large international manufacturing firm. They told us they were planning on doing this is passing and our Client Success team jumped up and said “hey, did you ever think about webcasting this to your team?”. We helped this team provide a video stream of their new executive team to a geographically dispersed organization, offered them the ability share their vision through each new execs presentation, and record the whole thing with video to share with some folks around the world who did not wake up at 3AM to see it live! The response we got was that the execs loved it, but more importantly, the rest of the company loved being able to see the new team and really feel the passion these new leaders had. How could an average conference call do that? Read more about this technology in some of our conferencing specialist, Jackson’s blogs here.
This one is a little personal for me as well. I touched on it in a previous post about hiring using virtual engagements. I just heard another great story about a person I know in a training session for one of the largest employer’s Colorado who was sitting in a room texting everyone they knew because the training was “boring”. I also talked to a friend of mine who started at a new company and was given a list of meetings to have over their FIRST 3 MONTHS and that was it. Seriously? I get that there is an art to training and that trainers and human resources professionals are doing their best to get the job done. But at what point do the tactics and technology they are using become antiquated? Well, that seems to be happening. Virtual Environments and Virtual Engagement conferencing can at least offer an exciting and engaging platform for trainings and onboardings. It can also offer the level of reporting and insight into the actions of those that need to learn and retain your company’s most valuable Big Ideas.
I covered a lot of the reasons why Virtual Engagement Conferencing is a great solution for these types of “meetings” in my previous blog. Give it a read if you have time. Take a look at some of our other blogs as well. We definitely get ticked off when we hear people say “meetings suck”. We know there are options out there that companies and leaders have not explored yet that allow them to take their big ideas and present them in a new and innovative way. The idea of “just good enough” when it comes to your big idea is something that does not really fly at Lighthouse Conferencing.
These meetings don’t have to suck! Give Lighthouse a Shout!
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