We hate meetings.
We hate them so much, we’re trying to make them better in every which way we can.
How about music?
Flipping around the virtual papers, we found ourselves enjoying this little ditty, 6 Steps to Turn Boring Meetings Into the Best Meetings Ever, penned by Jessica Rovello, Co-founder and CEO of Arkadium (itself a pretty cool company).
We really latched onto Step #2, “Play some tunes.”
As Rovello explains,
Your job as a meeting moderator is to get the best out of the people in that meeting, and music allows people to viscerally shift into a new headspace. It also has been proven to get people more engaged from the beginning–it allows people to think with more of their cerebral cortex, as opposed to their reptilian brain.
If people go in thinking they’re just going to be grilled–“what did you do, what was wrong?”–then they’re not in a receptive place to focus on the meeting.
Hey, why not?
Music Is Everywhere, Changing Our Moods All Day Long As It Is
Conferences and seminars play music during the breaks and intermissions. Many of them have a rule that says “When we start playing such-and-such song, you have 3 minutes to get your ass back in your seat or you’ll miss out on everything, you won’t win the iPad, and you’ll be doing the hokey-pokey at karaoke besides.”
While you’re waiting for the webinar or teleseminar to start, does music play?
How about when you’re on hold?
Go to your gym. What’s playing through those earbuds that 94% of the people have in their ears?
Do you work out in silence?
Do you drive in silence?
Do you work in silence?
Do you dance in silence?
Do You Listen To Different Kinds Of Music While Doing Each Of These Activities?
Why do you listen to music while doing these things?
Because it makes you feel good.
Because it gets you in the mood. (Insert double entendre here.)
Now imagine starting that meeting PUMPED and EXCITED.
A little music can do that.
Yeah, we’re gonna give it a shot!