Managing Monsters in Meetings - Part 4, Quiet Participants

Written by Steve Kaye

There are many reasons why someone would decline to participate during a meeting. While some of these may be valid, others may warrant intervention in order to hold an effective meeting.

Approach 1: Encourage participation

When you notice a quiet participant, ask for contributions by looking atrepparttar person and saying:

"How do you feel about that, Chris?"

"What results do you expect from this, Pat?"

"Chris, how will this affect you?"

Sometimes a quiet participant will testrepparttar 135548 environment with a tentative reply or a minor, safe point. Respond positively and with encouragement to any response that you receive. Then probe further to explore for more ideas.

Managing Monsters in Meetings - Part 6, Deadlocked Discussions

Written by Steve Kaye

Although a meeting is a vehicle for resolving differences, it can break down whenrepparttar participants become mired in a disagreement.

Approach 1: Form a subcommittee

Ask for volunteers fromrepparttar 135547 opposing viewpoints to form a subcommittee to resolverepparttar 135548 issue. This is a useful approach, because: 1) The issue may require extensive research, which is best completed outsiderepparttar 135549 meeting, 2) The people who causedrepparttar 135550 deadlock will be responsible for solving it, or 3) The effort to resolverepparttar 135551 issue will test its priority. That is, if no one wants to spend time finding a solution, then perhapsrepparttar 135552 issue (or at leastrepparttar 135553 controversy) is unimportant.

Ask for a subcommittee by saying:

"There seem to be concerns about this issue. Rather than use everyone's time inrepparttar 135554 meeting, I want a subcommittee to resolve this and report back to us. Who wants to be on it?"

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