Monday, May 4, 2015

Tips for Leading Meetings

Leading a meeting is more than talking at people. You need to master both verbal and nonverbal communication skills. 
  • Be prepared.
  • Arrive early and greet everyone as they come into the room.
  • Stick to the agenda. 
  • Stay on topic and don't allow rambling. Use a parking lot to capture topics that need follow up after the meeting.
  • Make sure that comments are relevant to the topic on discussion. 
  • Speak clearly and concisely and vary your tone and pitch to create variety. 
  • Watch for body language! It communicates more than your words.
  • Make regular eye contact with everyone.
  • Give everyone the opportunity to contribute to discussions.
  • Encourage quieter attendees to participate by asking open-ended questions.
  • End lengthy discussions with closed questions.
  • Summarize decisions before moving on to another topic. 
How do you score as a meeting leader? Download my assessment tool, Rate Your Meeting Leadership Skills.

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