For many people, meetings suck (time, energy, creativity and more). We've all been in boring meetings where one individual holds the floor and drones on to a crowd of people, eyes on their laptops or smartphones desperately trying redeem the time.
On the other hand, meetings are a vital part of organizational success. Meetings are where discussion and debate happen, and how great ideas are generated. We need to get our heads together in order to leverage the genius in everyone. To get more of the genius and less of the monologues, clearly we need to redesign meetings.
Fortunately, the realm of education has a template that just might work.
In a recent TEDx talk, educator Brent Stubbs shared how he's been experimenting with the "flipped meeting," a spinoff of the flipped classroom that's gaining popularity. In a flipped classroom, teachers assign lectures or readings to students as homework and use class time for assignments and practice problems. The content is still being delivered, but class time is used more productively for coaching and advising students.
Stubbs, a dean at Savannah Technical College, took the same approach to an upcoming staff meeting. He recorded a video of himself delivering his report and sent it out to all employees to watch before their meeting. That way, he was able to use the time more productively to discuss the report, find out the problems, and solve them.
If you're wondering how to make your meetings more productive, watch Stubbs' TEDx talk below and consider flipping your next meeting.