Avoid "Death By Powerpoint" And Engage Your People

If your company get together looks like it being a series of dense slide presentations delivered one after the other by the usual suspects (CEO, Finance Director, Marketing Director, Ops Director etc) with an occasional exercise involving standing around a flip chart with some post it notes...Good Luck!

Or, get really clear on what you want to achieve, bring in a creative facilitator to design and run the day and then let your people's contribution, creativity and brilliance shine through.

Michael Tipper has for the last couple of years, been the lead facilitator for the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) Executive Board Strategy Meetings and the core team Business Away Day.

With his creative mind coupled with detailed preparation and planning and strong facilitation skills, Michael has helped the Board shape the IFP's strategy in a way that has tapped more into the expertise and talent of our diverse and strong leadership team, admirably meeting the challenge of keeping some quite big personalities in check yet managing to stretch and coax them to achieve the session objectives.

His sessions are uniquely interactive, very enjoyable and keep everyone engaged yet still maintain their business focus.  He's always a pleasure to work with and has always delivered the results we were after and so comes highly recommended.

Nick Cann ACIB CFP, Chief Executive, Institute of Financial Planning

Here's What A Good Company Meeting Will Achieve

  • Effective Two-Way Communication
  • Participation and Contribution From All
  • Willing Engagement
  • The Achievement Of Clear Outcomes
  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Teamwork and Relationship Building
  • Sharing of Understanding and Insights
  • Genuine Celebration
  • Creativity and Innovation

Here's What Happens At A Poor Company Meeting

  • A One Way Transmission From The Boss
  • People in Listening Mode Only
  • Reluctant Attendance
  • No Clear Purpose
  • Bitching and Moaning (in The Breaks of Course)
  • Backstabbing and Baiting
  • Witholding Opinions
  • Reluctant Applause
  • Boredom, Tedium and Mediocrity

Where on the spectrum between these two extremes are your meetings usually found?

With some upfront investment in time, energy and thought, a company meeting can be a place of purpose and productivity that will increase the levels of engagement and participation of those attending AND make it an enjoyable, stimulating and rewarding experience at the same time.

KEY POINT - this isn't about just making your meeting more fun and enjoyable.  This is about getting the most effective and efficient use of your organisations key resource (your people).  It just so happens that a by product of doing that effectively is that it is enjoyable too.

People's brains operate at their best when they are stimulated, challenged and engaged in a fun, rewarding and enjoyable environment.

When you bring in an external facilitator to help design and run your meeting you achieve the following:

The Benefits Of Bringing In An External Facilitator

Michael Tipper is an experienced facilitator and presenter who brings the clarity and precision of a trained engineering mind together with a well developed creativity and flair to the design and delivery of impactful company meetings.

With over 15 years experience of creative facilitation his approach will help you create a fabulous event.

Previous facilitation work includes:

Here's What Michael Will Do For You:

Creative Facilitation Is Appropriate For Groups Of Any Size

The benefits of having an external facilitator can be brought to meetings of just a handful of people up to several hundred.  Michael has worked with audience sizes across the complete range - meetings of any size can benefit.

Free 30 Minute Consultation

Before you decide on whether you want to use Michael to facilitate your meeting, book a free 30 minute consultation with him.

You can explain what you are trying to achieve and he will give you his thoughts on the options open to you, potential challenges and how to avoid them and some suggestions for you to try.

To book your FREE 30 minute consultation with Michael, please call him on
+44(0)777 553 2612
or email him at
[email protected]

Recently we staged a workshop for 80 of our team with the purpose of getting all team members on the major issues for the team and the programme going forward into next year. In the past, these events have proved to be a little dry and staid and we needed some help to 'raise our game' and get the best out of the day and a half at our disposal.

Imagine our delight, therefore when Michael not only agreed to speak, but also volunteered himself to design the whole workshop with us and also to facilitate for us. What resulted was a resounding success. Co-operative and flexible during the design activities; accomplished, compelling and in control during the delivery.

Michael's style and approach was enjoyed by everyone and the alternative learning methods that he used made each session highly productive. Our engagement with Michael Tipper was extremely valuable and we would recommend the potential of his contribution to your event wholeheartedly.

Mark Smith, Shell International Ltd