Begin your next meeting with an activity that jumpstarts the conversation. Here’s how:
After discussing the meeting’s purpose, objectives and agenda, present one or more of the following statements and ask attendees to respond:
1. “To support the success of our meeting, I will…”
2. “It would facilitate our work if the team…”
3. “To make that happen, I’ll do my part. I will…”
You can take it one step further. When you want to consciously encourage participants to stretch outside of their comfort zone and grow, invite them to make the following pledge: “In service to learning something new, and seeing things from a different perspective, I will not make assumptions. I will question what I think I know.”
Engaging participants will make your next meeting more meaningful, your outcomes more impactful and your team more willing and able to contribute to your company’s success.