One thing that I find particularly important however is keeping energy high in the meetings.
To achieve that, here are several suggestions that I have applied:
- Before everybody shows up, begin a casual conversation with someone, speaking with a loud voice and showing great enthusiasm and interest. Works best if you get other people to join the conversation before the meeting begins as it puts everybody in an excited enthusiastic mood.
- Start the meeting with News of the Day. Make sure to select a single ground-breaking story that will attract the team's interest
- Crack a joke, especially if you're natural at telling jokes. (I find that getting people to laugh at my lousy performance of a joke does the trick of energizing the team as well. ;) )
- Rotate who leads the team as this creates variety in the meetings and infuses different personal flavors
Remember, keep energy high in standup meetings.