There’s just something about meetings that tend to make the lightbulbs in our heads fizzle out, our eyes glaze over, and our mouths start to water (in a drooling way). In fact, a group of witty people from SalesCrunch.com have even created a website purely dedicated to awful meeting experiences – DontSuckAtMeetings.com.
Sometimes, it’s really not the fault of the person chairing the meeting. Just the prospect of walking into the “bored-room” and sitting around a dull-colored table to talk about, uh, important things, is enough to make one want to hide in the bathroom just to avoid them. The typical, dreary meeting venue sets the expectation of boredom. In other words: Where you hold your meetings affects how effective your meetings will turn out to be.
We understand that meetings are simply unavoidable (though Jason Fried from 37Signals would beg to differ) for businesses nowadays – and we sympathize. Therefore, we have scoured the web and found out how meeting rooms can be more awesome – create a cool theme for each room. Go ahead, take this article, march up to your boss or supervisor, and tell them that naming your meeting room the Fortress of Solitude would make your company rich and famous. Somehow, I don’t think that’s too far from the truth.
Here are some fabulous meeting room themes we’ve found from around the world – see if you recognize where some of the inspiration came from.
1) New Relic
These guys are definitely DC comic fans. Nuh-nuh nuh-nuh nuh-nuh nuh-nuh nuh-nuh, Batman!
If you don’t recognize these references, you need to play more computer games.
If Rand Fishkin is the Wizard of Moz, does that mean he is from Kansas?
“Hey, meeting in the cable car in 5!”
“Oh, I thought Boss said we were meeting at the hot air balloon! Or was it the igloos?”
Sure, why not – it’s Google, right?
It’s scientifically proven that monochrome colors make people sleepy. Really. BBC’s colorful rooms are doing it right.
I can hear all the local Singaporeans go “How about us?! We have cool meeting rooms also leh!” And they’ll be spot-on – we definitely have spotted some great meeting rooms across our sunny island. Stay tuned for the next article on our local meeting rooms in Singapore, and let’s see how they match up to international standards (since we love our international rankings so much)!