For a change of pace consider doing away with any formal update forms, and instead asking members to complete one or both of the following sentences during their update:
- The most challenging (personal or professional) relationship I am dealing with now is… With whom? For how long? Why? How do you feel?
- My toughest business or leadership challenge is… and this is how I feel…
These questions have the potential to cut through the chatter and quickly identity important presentation topics.