Best Meeting
Ever – Playlist

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If you’re a team leader or facilitator,
chances are you lead a lot of different types of meetings.

At BOxD, we know how important it is to nail those big, transformative meetings. Our consultants have
decades of experience leading virtual and in-person workshops that focus on:

That’s why we put together a customized BEST MEETING EVER playlist. This editorial playlist has been expertly crafted by facilitation pros to support the goals of different workshop sections, perfectly timed to keep participants on track.

If you’re tired of hearing Pharrell’s “Happy” at every single work retreat since 2014 (no offense, we love Pharrell), you’re not alone. And if you are one of those facilitators who spends too much time laboring over the perfect soundtrack to your next big meeting, read on.

Why is it so hard to get this playlist right?
Some thoughts:

At BOxD, we know how important it is to nail those big, transformative meetings. Our consultants have
decades of experience leading virtual and in-person workshops that focus on:

The general tone of a workshop should be upbeat, and convey that you’re doing something significant together. But the music shouldn’t be so happy that it reeks of toxic positivity.

Most songs with lyrics can be distracting. Conversely, many instrumental songs can feel cheesy.

What are the guiding scientific principles
we used to build our awesome meeting playlist?

Sources: Music Changes the Way You Think – Scientific American, How Music Helps Us Be More Creative
Does Listening to Music Stimulate Creative Thinking, or Stifle It?, These 6 Types of Music Are Known to Dramatically Improve Productivity

Break it down for me.
What kind of music do we want for each section?

PhaseWhat’s HappeningWhat We Want To Feel / Do
OpenPeople are filtering into the room. Some are chatting with each other, making small talk with the group or in the chat. Some are checking their phones or finishing up an email. Facilitators are welcoming everyone.
  • Focused on our time together - Sometimes folks are coming from another meeting and need to shake it off to refocus
  • Relaxed / positive - Depending on the topic, they might come in with nerves or preconceived notions. We want them to feel at ease from the top of the meeting.
BreaksPeople are taking bio breaks, checking their phones. Some may need to clear their mental slate from the previous activity.
  • Come back on time! 🙂
BrainstormingPeople are brainstorming individually first, then discussing in groups
  • Creative - We want everyone actively considering all possibilities
  • Productive - We want everyone generating lots of ideas
(No Music)
They are narrowing down ideas, with very active discussion.
  • Critical - thinking more concretely
LunchEating and chatting
  • Relaxed, positive
EnergizersFacilitators are leading the group through a series of physical activities to wake them up
  • Awake - It’s hard to come back from lunch! Most will need a boost of energy.
  • Excited - We’re making great progress and you are an important part of this!
ReflectionPeople are thinking individually (likely writing). They might share in pairs or back to the larger group. Typically they will be thinking about a change that they need to make.
  • Introspective - We want them thinking about their personal involvement in the change, and how they can make a difference.
ClosePeople are probably tired! For in-person workshops, many will stick around to talk to each other or to the facilitators.
  • Hopeful, charged and ready to take on the change (Going off in silence sometimes feel anti-climatic)