I'm a bit late for this one, but if you're faced with another one of these, then I'd suggest that you talk to the meeting leader before it starts and see if they're open to a couple of ideas:
- First, they should be opening the meeting by telling people that it's perfectly ok to stand and/or walk around the back and sides of the room during the meeting. I always tell everyone that it's far more distracting watching all of the bobbing heads as folks are nodding off than it is to have folks moving around.
- Second, they should be scheduling in 5 minutes per hour minimum of group stretches or a few quick exercises (jumping jacks or squats or simply marching in place). I try to find the goofiest possible videos to follow for these, since it gets everyone not just moving, but laughing, too. The mental and physical break is invaluable.
- Third, if there is an "open" part of the meeting for tossing ideas around, they should consider having a small stress ball, or football, or something to literally toss to the next person who wants to talk.
- Finally, if they are supplying any of the food for the day then they need to have fruit and veggie trays, as well as cheese and sliced meat trays available all day. If they're supplying lunch, then recommend that there be a hearty soup, a couple of salad choices (with dressings on the side), and a "build your own sandwich" assortment. Folks generally tend to go with less carbs with a lunch like this, which helps with avoiding the afternoon crash.
These may sound a bit goofy, but I've spent many years leading very long training sessions (anywhere from 2 to 5 days in a row, with the days running from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and I can say from personal experience that the above suggestions add up to participants who are far more awake, far more interested, and walk away with far more information. As the meeting leader, I end up moving around most of the time, since I could never stay awake just sitting on my duff for all of that time. If I couldn't do it, why would I expect the other folks in the meeting to be able to?
Hope that you make it through today ok, and that these suggestions help you out for future meetings!
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