+ What problem does a Meeting in the Mailbox (MITM) solve for me?
Our Meetings in the Mailbox
are portable learning experiences that solve a few problems for you.
- You don’t need to develop your own curriculum.
- The learning experiences are fun, interactive, and have been tested with audiences around the globe, so we know they work.
- They ensure that each time you run the learning experience, the takeaways are consistent even though the audience may be different.
+ Who is the intended customer for an MITM?
HR and Learning & Development teams looking for quick ways to offer interesting professional development, Employee Resource Groups, Business Leader groups, and Meetup Groups that focus on professional development are all great candidates for these kits. If you represent a group of people that likes to participate in interactive learning experiences, an MITM is a great fit!
+ Who is the intended audience for MITM experiences?
Materials are targeted for Individual Contributors, Inexperienced People Leaders, or Experienced People Leaders. The specific audience for each topic is highlighted in the description on the website. If there is more than one relevant audience, the facilitator guide will contain tips and tricks for how to adapt the experience in the moment for whichever audience you have. Some do offer facilitation suggestions for individual contributors vs people managers.
+ What makes an MITM better than other professional development offerings in the marketplace?
All the MITM experiences are designed to ensure that participants are active agents in the learning experience, and not passive absorbers. Our experiences are designed to be led by the participants themselves; rather than a facilitator posing a question, the materials on the table offer the questions, and the participants must discuss their answers with each other. To ensure the learning is consistent and predictable, the facilitator has periodic opportunities to check that the main learning objectives are met.
From a learning design perspective, allowing participants to control the pace of the information discovery encourages them to take ownership of the learning, increases the experiential nature of the meeting, increases information retention, and reduces the burden of expertise on the facilitator.
+ Can some of my participants be digital?
Research shows that the best way to learn is to be involved. All the learning moments are designed to be active, in-person experiences. We do have digital supplements available on an as-needed basis for an additional fee.
[Contact us] if this is relevant for you.
+ I’m not an experienced facilitator, is this for me?
Our Facilitator Guides are robust and keep all facilitation experience levels in mind. As the facilitator, your main job is to familiarize yourself ahead of time with the materials and how to use them so that in the experience, the materials do most of the work for you. The Facilitator Guide tells you everything you need to know to prepare, confidently distribute the materials, guide the timing, and debrief the conversations.
+ I am an advanced facilitator, is this for me?
Yes. Our Facilitator Guides are designed to flex to your level of sophistication. For experienced facilitators, the guide offers optional “Pro Tips” which suggest ways to share your own insights, add additional activities or learning moments, and flex your facilitation skills.
+ I’m not sure if this is right for my organization, can I get more info?
Definitely! The best way to get a sense for an MITM experience is to purchase a Facilitator Guide for the topic you’re interested in. The Guide includes all the information about how the materials work together, the discussions the participants will have, and the activities that are contained within the experience.
Beyond that, we’re always happy to chat. Set up a call.
+ I love this approach, but I don’t see the topic I want. Can you build it for me?
Yes! If you already have in mind exactly what you want participants to learn, and the content you’d like us to turn into an interactive learning experience, we can get something to you in about 6 weeks.
If you have a more general idea of what you want, we can work with you to determine the best content to include. We love building custom experiences, and would welcome the opportunity to build one for you.