Instant Agenda was built to make your meetings more focused, collaborative and engaging. But Instant Agenda is a tool, and as with any tool, you can use it for a lot of different things.
When people think of meetings, they typically think about work and the many meetings they have as part of their job. But a lot of meetings occur outside of work, and some of them you probably don’t even think of as a meeting but more like a gathering. At Instant Agenda, we’re on a mission to make meetings better. And we’re not just trying to make work meetings better, we’re aiming to improve all your gatherings, even the ones you don’t think of as meetings. Here are three unexpected ways you can use Instant Agenda to improve outside of the workplace.
1 – Presentations or Lectures
Whether you’re spreading knowledge to your peers or giving a lecture to your students, Instant Agenda can easily support both scenarios.
- A Collaborative Agenda can provide your audience with an easy way to ask a question on the material without interrupting the flow of your presentation by adding questions as topics. As the questions start to trickle in, other people can up-vote ones that mirror their same questions. This allows you to quickly address questions for the greatest number of people.
- Alternately, you can use Instant Agenda for the Q & A section of your lecture, even if you don’t use it to house your agenda.
- If you do end up using the agenda for your lecture, the Beautifully Formatted Email Summary(TM) provides you the easiest way to send out the notes to your audience, or to those that couldn’t make it in person.
- And lastly, the timer provided in the meeting can keep you focused and moving to each important piece of your lesson, allowing you to cover as much material in a session as possible.
2 – Book Club
Instant Agenda’s Collaborative Agenda and Planned Agenda can prove to be useful for a book club or other structured or re-occurring discussion.
- If you’ve been to many book clubs, you’ll know that sometimes someone has quite a bit to say on the matter. Whether it’s complaining about the holes in the plot point or writing style in general. You can create a topic to represent each person’s speaking time so that you keep the discussion as equally balanced between everyone as possible. This is particularly important when people are remote in the conversation, as the timer can make sure they get their allotted time to speak while reeling in those that would dominate the discussion.
- In this same fashion, it is easy to keep notes on what each person said so you can view the discussion later.
- Instant Agenda’s Topic Templates are also perfect for pre-filled discussion topics. What was your favorite and least favorite part or character, for example, is a common question regardless of the content of the book, and templates allow you to quickly populate the discussion.
- You can also use Instant Agenda to keep track of proposed books. Each book can be added as a topic and the members of your book club can indicate their preferences by voting for the books they would like to read.
3 – Impromptu Voting
You can utilize a Collaborative Agenda to solicit ideas and votes on practically any subject.
- With a Collaborative Agenda, you can use Instant Agenda as a quick way to solicit ideas and rank them. People add each idea as a topic, and then everyone can vote on their favorite ideas.
- You can document the group’s final decision using the decision-recording functionality provided by Instant Agenda.
- In our office, we’ve seen this used to ideate and vote on new team names, where to go to lunch, what movies to see, and what after-work watering holes we should frequent.
How do you use Instant Agenda? We’d love to hear about your crazy usages.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to use the feedback button in the app. Also, we’re always happy to hear from you directly — just schedule a 15-minute call with us using this link: https://calendly.com/instant-agenda/product-feedback
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