Three Easy Ways to Make Meetings More Accessible to Calm People

Meetings tend to be dominated by talkative people, making it difficult for meeting participants to feel heard. These three simple tips before, during and after the meeting will give everyone a more equal opportunity to play.

If you have a few quiet people on your team, Rene Cullinan, co-founder of Stop Meeting Like This , at Harvard Business Review recommends three things you can do. Before the meeting, explain the purpose, provide relevant details, and list specific discussion points that you want to discuss so that the calmer people on your team can plan their own questions and ideas ahead of time. During the meeting, ask questions of the more shy people in the group and give them a floor. Questions such as “Out of that discussion, what really stands out for you?” and “What do you think we should consider that we haven’t touched on yet?” will go a long way. Finally, after the meeting, hand out a summary of the meeting and openly ask questions or new ideas. If someone wanted to say something, but did not have the opportunity or was afraid to speak, now he is given the opportunity to do it without any pressure. You can find other helpful meeting tips at the link below.

Conduct Meetings That Are Fair for Introverts, Women, and Remote Workers | Harvard Business Review


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