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We all suffer from a profound case of “Idea Surplus Disorder” at Filament — and we think that’s a good thing. Here are some of those ideas we’d like to share with you.



Monday Morning Meeting

Welcome back to another Monday Morning Meeting.  Here's what's on the agenda today:

1.  Wonder why your brainstorming sessions aren't working?  Here are 25 reasons why you might not be getting everything you hope for from your teams.

2.  For your next big meeting, what if you banned PowerPoint?  Here are a few unique ways to engage your audience by turning them from viewers to doers.

3.  Science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin goes deep on why in-person conversations matter:

In most cases of people actually talking to one another, human communication cannot be reduced to information. The message not only involves, it is, a relationship between speaker and hearer. The medium in which the message is embedded is immensely complex, infinitely more than a code: it is a language, a function of a society, a culture, in which the language, the speaker, and the hearer are all embedded.

4.  It is easy to assume the people who talk the most in meetings are contributing the most as well, but that's not always true.  Don't overlook the quiet voices and contributions. Here are a few ways (check out the post for more):

- Encourage writing as the preferred medium to share ideas. Writing has a wonderful way of leveling the playing field. No single voice can physically drown out or interrupt another. Not to mention it’s far more efficient than huge meetings.

- Don’t correlate being quiet in meetings with a lack of participation. It’s likely that people are thinking about conversation at hand before responding. This is a good thing. Instant reactions aren’t what you want anyway.

- Give people time and space to think. Don’t fret if written responses come in slower than you’re used to. Reviewing ideas, thinking, and building thorough contributions takes time and focus. These responses will be far better in quality than the speedy ones.

- Ask for opinions individually. Sometimes the quiet voices just need a tiny bit of encouragement. Find the medium they prefer (IM, Hangout, face to face) and talk to them individually about a particular topic they’re interested in. You might strike gold and it will help them find their voice in the long run.

5.  Finally, some good insights from Google on how to make your internal meetings suck less.

See you next week!