Creative Meetings at Marwell

Today I led a team of volunteers from IBM Hursley in delivering a workshop entitled ‘Managing Creative Meetings’ for staff at to Marwell Zoological Park. It was running as one of IBM UK’s 2007 On Demand Community Challenges. These challenges offer IBMers and contractors the opportunity to make a big difference in their local communities by working together in teams for a day. During the autumn around 80 challenges will be completed by teams from IBM locations nationwide and will cover everything from business and technology workshops, through to environmental work in the community.

Last year, as part of this scheme, I ran a presentation skills workshop up at Marwell which went down really well, so I was keen to return. After talking to some of the senior managers at Marwell they suggested that it would be good to have a session on meetings, particularly thinking about how they could make them more creative, whilst at the same time setting the participants expectations.

The day went down well, and we received some excellent feedback again from the staff:

“Thank you for the excellent opportunity to spend time working on real issues with staff within and outside Marwell.”
“It was all very productive. There are many key pieces of information I will take away.”
“Fantastic, very beneficial and a useful exercise in refreshing best practice.”

Putting together a workshop for others is an excellent way to refresh your own memory and so my team all felt that we learnt a lot too. Some of the sessions we ran during the day were a chance to think about how meetings run today and what we can do to improve them. We discussed some general principles, best practices and explored some techniques which were new to many people.

As a reward my team got to go and feed the giraffes with one of the keepers.
The Team

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2 Responses to “Creative Meetings at Marwell”

  1. 50 Years of IBM Hursley « Helena’s Blog Says:

    […] the last couple of years we’ve run a couple of business workshops on Presentation Skills and Creative Meetings, donated some laptop computers and presented Marwell with a IBM On Demand Community Grant which […]

  2. Effective Relationships « Helena’s Blog Says:

    […] run another workshop at Marwell Zoo this year following on from two previous successful workshops. (Creative meetings last year and Presentation Skills in […]

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