Toolbox Meeting Effectiveness: Making It Stick

Toolbox Meeting Effectiveness: Making It Stick Through Toolbox Meeting Effectiveness Training | Call to Action!If I’m leading a safety meeting, a toolbox meeting, or a safety training, and I cite some facts and figures about a hazard, statistically you’ll remember only about 5% of what I told you after that meeting has ended.  But if I show you a picture of the hazard while I’m talking about it, you’ll remember about 35% of that meeting.  Now, if I tell you about it, show you a picture of it, let you see how it works and even let you handle it to show you why it’s a hazard, you’ll remember upwards of 80% of that meeting long after I’m done talking about it. 

Tip 5 – Use Props and Visual Aids – But Use Them Right!

So far we’ve covered four tips in this series on making safety meetings stick: (1) “lead it, don’t read it,” (2) “ask, don’t tell,” and (3) conduct roving safety meetings,  and make “safety meeting leader” a floating role.  Here we want to address how to use visual aids to improve your toolbox meeting effectiveness.

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Eric Svendsen

Eric Svendsen, Ph.D., is Principal and lead change agent for safetyBUILT-IN, a safety-leadership learning and development organization. He has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies.

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