Ever struggled with breaking the ice in meetings with new colleagues or clients? I’m excited to share a unique approach from our book, “I am a Software Engineer and I am in Charge,” that transforms these encounters.
🎯 Introducing: Discovery One-on-One
🤔 What Is It?
This is a structured yet flexible approach to prepare and drive effective meetings with people you’re not yet familiar with.
🌟 Why Use It?
Building a strong relationship is crucial for effective collaboration. This method ensures that your first meeting lays a solid foundation for future interactions.
👣 How It Works
1️⃣ Prepare Your Board: Create a simple board with three columns: To Do, In Progress, Done.
2️⃣ Set the Agenda: Use sticky notes for each topic: Ice Breaker, Professional Background, Experience, 3 Wishes, and a wild card (???).
3️⃣ Ice Breaker: Start with light, engaging questions to ease into the meeting.
4️⃣ Share Backgrounds: Discuss your professional journeys.
5️⃣ Discuss Relevant Experiences: Tailor this part to your specific context.
6️⃣ 3 Wishes: End with a creative question about transforming work or the workplace.
7️⃣ Wild Card: Allow space for any additional topics they might want to discuss.
📝 Note: This approach is adaptable. Feel free to tailor it to suit the context of your meeting.
🔄 Why It Matters
First impressions count. A Discovery One-on-One ensures your first meeting is not just productive but also enjoyable, setting the stage for a great working relationship.
📚 Curious to learn more? This is just one of the many practices we delve into. Check out the experiment: Discovery One-on-one.
👇 Have you tried a structured approach in your one-on-ones? How did it go? Share your experiences!