This week, I’ve a simple tip if you are involved in chairing group meetings at work and want people to be more dynamic and interactive as recent research suggests there’s a drink you can offer that helps get people more involved.

This week’s insight comes from Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and in it researchers looked at how caffeine affected people’s interaction. Now I’ve previously mentioned research suggesting that simply having a coffee can make people more easily persuaded but it now seems, in a group environment, there are benefits too.

In the research 72 undergraduates were put in group to discuss specific topics and some drink normal coffee and others decaffeinated. The results showed that people who drank caffeinated coffee gave better feedback in the meeting they were involved in and  talked for longer about the meeting as well.

Have a look at the paper, it is really interesting and remember, if you are going to be in charge of a meeting and want improved teamwork and interaction, it might be a good idea to encourage people to have coffee before it starts.

Please don’t forget to share this vlog on social media and I’ll be back in a week’s time with some more Meetology® – the fascinating science powering superb social skills.

Jonathan Bradshaw
The Meetology® Lab


Unnava, Vasu, Amit Surendra Singh, and H. Rao Unnava. “Coffee with co-workers: role of caffeine on evaluations of the self and others in group settings.” Journal of Psychopharmacology (2018): 0269881118760665.