Setting a few rules about your meetings can make them effective and energizing, writes Jenny Evans in Fast Company. Here’s how to do it.
• Enforce breaks. People need a little time to get some air and stretch their legs periodically.
• Encourage movement. Sitting for long periods can decrease energy.
• Hide the chairs. Standing during a meeting can help ensure it’s short.
• Take a walk. One or two people can take their meeting to the hallway or streets.
• Limit junk. Snack foods will lead to sugar highs and crashes. Serve foods high in protein and fiber instead.
• Put the phones away. No multitasking—participants must focus on what’s at hand.
• Stretch. If you don’t have time to take longer breaks, short stretch breaks can be just as effective.
— Adapted from “8 Ways to Energize Your Next Meeting,” Jenny Evans, Fast Company.