Inspire Employees at Your Next Annual Meeting (Classic Blog Edition)

ABR is excited to share that Elise Margol, Director of Instructional Design, has been recognized by Training Industry for her article, “Inspire Employees at Your Next Annual Meeting.” The article has made Training Industry’s Top 10 Articles of 2015 list, highlighting the most-read articles of the year, and garnered her a nomination for a 2016 Training Industry Editors’ & Readership Award. You can read a synopsis of the article below or read the full article on Training Industry’s site.

Many companies hold annual meetings to engage, ignite, and inspire individuals to perform and achieve at their highest potential. Below are some ideas to ensure a successful and productive annual meeting.

Theme It

Theming can boost the impact and success of your annual meeting. It gives the meeting a direction and links activities together.

It’s important to consider the type of theme for your business. When morale is high, you can be more creative with your theme. In low-spirited times, consider themes that inspire growth, such as “Better, Stronger, Faster” or “Agents of Change.”

Build a Tower, Build a Team

Annual meetings are prime opportunities to foster collaboration among teams. Select a team-building activity to match the demographics of your participants. Present teams with a challenge, ask them to build something representative of the organization, or pose a problem to solve by providing clues.

Stimulate the Senses

We live in a world surrounded by media competing for our attention. Take advantage of technology to engage your audience. Use music, video, multimedia presentations, photo collages, lighting, and sound effects to reinforce your message and introduce activities. Be sure your media choice supports but does not overwhelm your message. Use slide presentations sparingly and set ground rules with speakers to use no more than five slides each.

Make It a Game

Employees enjoy the challenge of overcoming obstacles presented in electronic games, and games often have critical learning elements. Consider including simulations, business games, and competitions throughout your meeting. Test employees’ mental capability and incorporate some physical activity in the games.

Tell the Story

Stories convey the meaning of concepts and ideas. They explain how things work and help us make decisions, understand our place in the world, and create our identities as individuals and organizations. Harness the power of storytelling in your annual meeting. Craft the story of your organization and its vision—where you have been and where you are going. Ask individuals to share their success stories and their visions for their teams through the use of analogies, pictures, and images.

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