Changes in the way we receive, process and communicate information doesn’t apply just to social media. In fact, technology and social media are driving many of these changes, and they impact every area of our lives. If you want to make sure your meeting and event attendees are actively engaged, here are a few tips to consider when planning your next event.
- Make meeting breaks longer, not shorter. And schedule more of them, not less. Include some interactive elements that will get people talking to one another. This also allows people time to check their devices. You know they’re going to do it. Better for them to do it during the break than during your session.
- Provide plenty of opportunities for smaller, more focused groups rather than large general sessions. Have some of your attendees take a role in leading the sessions.
- Deliver your information in shorter segments, with a variety of presentation formats versus just one. Attention spans for all of us have gotten shorter.
- Incorporate a wellness activity into one of your breaks, i.e., yoga, massage or giant Jenga. Let people be active and blow off some steam so they can re-focus for the next session.
Try incorporating a few of these ideas into your next meeting and see the responses you get. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you plan more strategic and effective meetings, just click here.