Ed Scannell, author of “Games Trainers Play“, reminded me of the “Law of Effect” during his presentation to the Washington DC chapter of the National Speakers Association. The Law of Effect contends that “people learn best in pleasant surroundings.”
Ed then went on to share a story about a group who was confined to a room with no windows, dark walls and dark floors. After three days in this environment, Ed did a presentation to an “emotionally confined, claustrophobic group”. Ironically, our meeting was at Maggianno’s Restaurant in Bethesda – in a room with no windows, dark walnut paneling and hardwood floors! Good thing we were there for only three hours!
For more ideas on how to make your team meeting environment more pleasant, read my article: Effective Teams Require a Creative, Comfortable Environment.