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Sometimes you can encourage quiet participants to contribute by making direct eye contact, pausing, and letting your expression say, "What do you think?"
Approach 2: Change process
Use sequential participation (a round robin) to collect ideas. This provides quiet participants with opportunities to speak. Introduce this process by saying,
"We want to hear from everyone, so let's use a round robin. Who wants to start?"
Use these techniques to hold effective meetings by involving all of participants.
This is fourth of a seven part article on Managing Monsters in Meetings.
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