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November 4, 2021

If Your Meeting Was a Board Game, What Would It Be?

Try this creative exercise to make your meetings more fun and more effective.

We all know that a lot of our ways of working (including meetings) could do with improvement. Plus, you may have heard of the benefits of bringing elements of game design (or what some people call (I can’t even type the word… it starts with ‘gam’ and ends in ‘ification’)) to non-game contexts, to make things more engaging and – well – fun.

This got me thinking: what if we thought about our meetings like board games?

  • Mouse Trap - build up a business case (or a marketing plan?), piece by piece, to ‘trap’ our target stakeholder/audience.
  • Operation - identify and ‘extract’ (or come up with solutions for) the ‘ailments’ of a project or team.
  • Snakes and Ladders - this might be more about identifying ‘ladders’ (or methods to accelerate some parts) of a meeting, plus identifying and removing the ‘snakes’ (or ‘chutes’ in the US, I think?), or the parts that make us drift in a meeting.

The main issue here is that in all these games, there’s only one winner, whereas we want everyone to win in meetings. But still… How might thinking about each of your meetings this week as a board game change up the content of those meetings?

By reframing how you think about meetings as games, it might spark a new idea or two about how you can make them better for everyone.

Try it out, and let me know if you hit on an interesting ‘game’ equivalent.

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