SHOW NOTES… But first…
PERSONAL RANT ALERT: I think that meetings to EXCHANGE information (unless it’s a really big announcement) are a huge waste of time. Meetings that are meant for brainstorming or collaboration are energizing and amazing. The others are a snooze-fest. What’s even worse is that you are taking people away from the “real” work so in order to meet deadlines and expectations they work late into the night or over the weekend.
The Mamas at The Cause Cafe are here to rescue you from bad, stinky cheese meetings. Let’s do this!
BONUS: Favorite Apps – Digital Marketing Meeting Tools Slack could significantly reduce meetings and your nonprofit and may even replace email. It’s basically a cloud-based program and app that let’s your employees create groups or workspaces to talk to each other, share files, send notifications and more. The other great benefits of Slack are that you can create channels or basically conversations around different topics. This means that you’re only inviting certain people to specific channels based on who really needs to be there. Also you can send direct messages to people while you are engaged in chatting with everyone in your channel.
Example: you ask for an update on an upcoming event in your Slack channel. The other employees who have been invited to the event channel are immediately notified that you have asked a question. They jump in and respond, collaborate, clarify. While this is happening, you realize that the website has not been changed to reflect a change to the event. So you send a direct message to Mr. IT to fix it ASAP while the channel conversation is ongoing.
Rally lets you create a simple, straightforward poll where attendees can vote on a day for an event that works best for them. It also includes an open comment section on the meeting page, so attendees can plan the meeting agenda or discuss details before the event.
Assistant.to lets you work directly from Gmail and Google Calendar to select available meeting times and share those open slots with the person you’re trying to schedule a meeting with.
Pick automatically scans everyone’s Gmail calendars to find open slots, and then delivers a list of mutually available times. You can then send a calendar invite to all attendees directly from the app.
Calendly integrates directly with your Google or Office 365 calendar,and gives you a personalized URL where people can view your availability and schedule times to meet you. They offer a basic free plan,and a paid premium plan that allows for group scheduling and other additional features.
If you’re looking for a change of scenery to pump up your staff consider hosting an off-site meeting. EventUp.com is like the AirBNB for meeting spaces.
Or check out Kapow. This website provides direct “corporate events in non-traditional venues” booking tool in 21 U.S. cities. Group activities include team building, in-store retail events, entertainment tickets, cocktail receptions and dining experiences.