Meetings that lack participation can be awkward and uncomfortable—such as those characterized by the leader who asks a question and when he gets no responses, quickly fills the void with “OK, well here is what I was thinking….” At the opposite extreme, meetings in which participants dominate, ramble, negate everything, introduce tangents, or “participate” in other counterproductive ways can be as or even more painful to experience.
Yes, you want participation—but not all participation is created equally. If you expect people to automatically participate productively in response to “I’d like to have everyone’s participation today,” you will likely be disappointed. Instead, use this 4-step process:
Applying this four-step process will get you the right participation in your next meeting. And, if you deal extensively with one-on-one meetings, take a look at 4 Ways to Manage Disruptions in One-On-One Meetings.
Looking for more guidance on boosting your productivity in meetings? Grab your copy of Don’t Waste My Time: Expert Secrets for Meetings that Inspire, Engage and Get Results in the Smarter In An Hour series. With it and 60 minutes, you will be on your way to boosting productivity! And, if your team needs to improve time management because of too many ineffective meetings, consider EdTrek’s Don’t Waste My Time™ training course.
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