There’s nothing worse than running a meeting where people don’t participate. If you’re in that situation, there are a few techniques to ensure you hear something other than crickets when you ask a question.
- If the group is new to each other, ask participants to introduce themselves.
- Create a meeting goal by polling each person in the group.
- Ask a question of a specific individual.
- Build off the answers that are given to ensure people feel heard.
- Ask for input, going around the room.
- Acknowledge verbal and non-verbal cues, e.g., “Michelle, it seems like you agree with that point. Is that the case?”
- Have the group summarize key points/learnings.
It’s always good to come prepared with some interesting or relatively unknown fact to offer up to elicit thought and discussion. Usually you only need to use a few of these techniques to break the ice and get the ball rolling.
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