At the Presentation Summit, I heard Patti Sanchez, SVP of Strategic Services at Duarte, talk about slidedocs, which are slides that are used as short documents. One use she mentioned was for pre-meeting reading. (You can download Nancy Duarte’s free book on slidedocs here.)
At the end of her talk, I stood up and said that this reminded me of the flipped classroom.
What is the flipped classroom?
It’s a concept that flips the idea of learning in the classroom and practicing at home. The reason is that students often struggle when doing homework — that’s when they have to apply what they’ve learned but they don’t have someone to help them at that time.
So instead, the teacher assigns reading — or watching a video — to be done at home. That content teaches the lesson. Then the students come to class and can ask questions and do exercises — but the teacher is there to help them.
The flipped classroom is being used both at the K-12 level and at the college level. You can read more about it here.
What is the flipped meeting?
Could this approach be used for in-house meetings?
Let’s assume that a Marketing Manager has asked his/her Assistant Marketing Manager to prepare a presentation on using Pinterest for marketing. Traditionally, the Assistant Marketing Manager would present at a meeting and then there would be questions and a discussion on how to implement the ideas in the presentation. Perhaps there would be 1/2 hour for the presentation and 1/2 hour for the question/discussion and final decisions.
Let’s think how we could flip that meeting.
Instead, the Assistant Marketing Manager would prepare a document with the results of his/her research. This could be a text document, a slidedoc, or presentation slides — but it would be self-explanatory. Both text and images would be included. This would be distributed in advance of the meeting. At the beginning of the meeting, there would be silent time for people to review it. This would take 5-10 minutes — it’s SO much quicker to read than to speak.
Then the rest of the time would be for questions, discussion and the decisions.
Might that not be a better use of the meeting time? More time for thinking about the material and analyzing it? Do you think that this could lead to better decisions? Leave a comment!