6 ways to help people feel more comfortable in meetings

“Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you’re calling in from, and share the emoji that best describes your mood.” (If you’re together in person, ask people to reference their most-used emojis, then have them drop their phones into a basket to eliminate distractions.)

“ I heard Sherri talking about her rare spoon collection as everyone was getting seated. Share something you own that might surprise the others.” (You can build on something the group was already talking about to create a smooth transition into the session.)

“Tell me about the best part of your day so far.” (I like to do this at the onset of a day of idea generation or drawing because it starts things on an optimistic note.)

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