The Maslow’s Hierarchy of Meeting Technology

Dec 29, 2015 by Elise Keith in meeting technology (3 minute read)

Earlier this month, we hosted a series of webinars covering different parts of the Lucid Meetings platform.

At the beginning of each webinar, we showed this pyramid that arranges the platform features into a sort of Maslow’s hierarchy of meeting essentials.

The Meeting Technology Pyramid
A heirarchy of meeting technology, from scheduling at the base level on up to tech for high-performing teams

If you’re not familiar with Maslow’s theory, it can be summarized like this: before anyone can worry about advancing science, mastering the piano, or discovering their special purpose, they must take care of their basic safety and physical needs. They have to keep warm, to eat, and to sleep in a safe place.

You can think of the technology required to organize and run effective meetings in the same way. Every meeting has some basic features you need to support, like finding a time and setting up a call. Then, as the group starts to perform at a higher level, they need support for collaborating on the agenda and managing the meeting process. Finally, groups with a fully mature approach to running effective meetings need a way to collect feedback, monitor, and optimize their meeting processes.

Lucid Meeting’s goal is to make it easy for everyone in an organization to run consistently worthwhile meetings, whether those be simple ad-hoc meetings or more involved sessions, and the platform includes technology to support those meetings at every level of the pyramid. To keep each session reasonably short, we focused each one on a few key features, starting with the basics and moving our way up.

For those who missed the live events, we invite you to enjoy the recordings below.

Useful for every online meeting: Calendars & Conferencing

At the most basic level, you need a way to get meetings on the calendar. Once you get that meeting scheduled, you need either a physical location where you can meet, or tools that let everyone hear each other and share information at the same time. 

You can learn more about how Lucid supports group meeting scheduling, invitations and conferencing by visiting these links and reviewing the webinar recording below.

Live Demo #1: Calendars & Conferencing

Features for running a meeting well

After you have your basics covered, you can start to think about the technology you’ll use to craft the agenda, capture decisions, track action items, and run the meeting process - all those features designed to support best practices.

To learn more about how Lucid supports professional meeting preparation, facilitation, and follow-up, check out these resources.

Live Demo #2: Working the Agenda

Meeting well as habit: systematic support for excellent meetings

The features that top our pyramid support organizations that strive to make meeting well an assumed part of how they operate. Organizations operating at a this high level must design, monitor and continually refine their processes for running successful meetings.

To learn more about how Lucid supports organizations looking to meet well habitually, see these resources.

Live Demo #3: Meeting Well as a Habit

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