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.
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