How To Plan The Perfect Breakfast Meeting
Having become much more popular in recent years breakfast meetings are a great way to check in with the team ensuring projects are on track and discussing future work without interrupting the flow of your normal working day.
In previous years 'companies often used to hold regular lunch meetings with teams and these could quite often turn into more of a social gathering then a productive use of your companies' time. Fast forward to today and more and more companies are opting for quicker, productive breakfast meetings instead.
Whilst there are many benefits to hosting a breakfast meeting over a lunch meeting let us explain the the biggest ones:
1. They are typically quicker than lunch meetings. Held in the morning the premise of a breakfast meeting is to be concise and to the point.
2. They don't disrupt the working day. Being held first thing in the morning these meetings are a great way to energize the team for the day ahead and won't interrupt employee's workflow during the day by going offsite somewhere for a meeting.
3. They are cheaper than a lunch meeting. Instead of serving up a two-course lunch (and potentially wine) breakfast food is both cheaper and quicker to serve. Saving you both money and precious time to discuss the agenda at hand.
Breakfast meetings are quite simple and easy to keep on track. With the removal of added distractions such as multiple courses and drink top ups once the meeting has started it is smooth running. To ensure you maximize the potential of your breakfast meeting follow our top 5 tips:
1. Pick a location close to the office but not on site
A change in physical location goes along way when it comes to producing fresh ideas and invigorating the team. Meetings held constantly in the same office can starve the brain of stimulation. Pick a venue that is in a central location and close enough to the office so that it shouldn't be an issue for anyone attending.
2. Give attendees enough notice
Having a meeting at a different time to usual will involve extra coordination from attendees especially if it is an earlier start then normal. Make the process as simple as possible for them by ensuring they have time to prepare and include any relevant information such as directions, car parking instructions, and what to do when they arrive.
3. Plan your Agenda in advance
As time is precious with a breakfast meeting ensure you have a clear agenda in place to run through. Send this to all attendees in advance allowing them time to run through it and prepare any relevant material they need to.
4. Allow for a drink at the start and at the end
Instead of having your meeting interrupted with service allow time at the start and end. This will ensure your attendees have time for a catch up and chat before you get down to business. Knowing that you have time planned at the end should also help to keep your meeting running on track.
5. Provide an assortment of food options
Having an assortment of food options to suit everyone will ensure you don't have any delays when it comes to getting started. You want your employees to enjoy the meeting and this means hungry attendees for away full.
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