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Engaging First-Time Conference Attendees: 4 Tactics to Try

Of course you want to provide an exceptional experience for ALL of your conference attendees, but ensuring that happens for your first-time attendees is particularly important. Their decision to attend future events (and possibly even renew their membership) depends heavily on that first experience, so going the extra mile for those folks, in particular, is certainly worth it.

What does “going the extra mile” for your first-time attendees look like? Here are a few tactics worth trying:

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4 Ways to Make Your Staff Meetings More Enjoyable

Posted by Callie Walker

Staff Meeting Ideas

Staff meetings are certainly important, but for those that occur on a regular basis, they can sometimes get, well...dull. And dull meetings typically mean unengaged (and/or uninspired) participants.

So how can you make your staff meetings a little more fun? Is that even possible? Yes! Check out these tactics to spark some energy into not only your meeting, but those attending as well:

1. Start with an info swap

Rather than jumping right into whatever it is you need to discuss (everyone’s to-dos, for example), start by sharing some interesting info. Ask meeting attendees to bring in an article, a video, or even just a cool idea they saw somewhere to share with the group. Not only is this an opportunity for everyone to learn, but it gives everyone an opportunity to speak at the beginning of the meeting, which may make them feel more comfortable speaking during the meeting.

2. Take an individual quiz, then share your results 

There are tons of internet quizzes out there - some fun, some serious. If you come across a good one (and one that’s fairly short/easy to complete), consider having everyone take that quiz individually in the meeting room and then sharing their results with the group. This allows everyone to learn a little bit more about the people they work day-in and day-out with, but in a more fun and light-hearted way.

Below is a quiz we recently took as a team (the Marketing Team) here at MemberClicks:

What’s Your Creative Type? (From Adobe)

Adobe Creative Type

(It was a fun one! Highly recommend!)

3. Play a little trivia 

At the beginning of your next meeting, get those brains turning by playing a little trivia. You can either do random trivia questions (for example, “Which pop album is the best selling of all time?”) or can do questions related to your staff and/or organization (for example, “Which employee has never had a soda in their life?”). Fun, right? And again, a great way to bond!  

(By the way, the best selling pop album of all time is Michael Jackson’s Thriller!)

4. Switch up the location 

Sometimes, just changing up your space can have a huge impact on people’s moods. For your next staff meeting, try utilizing a different conference room. Or, if it’s a nice day and space permits, try gathering outside. A little sunshine and fresh air can do wonders for people! (And I say this from experience.)

Sure, staff meetings may seem redundant, but they’re important, so it’s worth taking some time to think about how to make them more engaging and enjoyable.

And if you happen to try tactic #1, consider sharing the following guide with your team to kick things off. It’s full of best practices for membership recruitment, onboarding, engagement, retention, and more. (Talk about the ultimate info swap!)

The Ultimate Guide to Membership Management  Everything you need to know about managing your membership online, from  acquisition to engagement to retention. Download this guide

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