6 ways to help people feel more comfortable in meetings

1. Do A Warm Up

2. Normalize stupid questions

3. Be humble, be human

4. Don’t take yourself too seriously

5. Manage the politics

  • Confidently interrupt to keep things moving. If share of voice is tipping toward one person, find a way to cut in and acknowledge the thought while also assertively taking back control of the room (“That’s a great thought, and I’m going to keep us moving so we can get to…”).
  • Don’t feel the need to discuss job titles. This might mean leaving them out of the meeting invitation, or a summary of the group’s participants. When you kick off intros for the group, demo and leave title out of our own share. People usually follow suit. You don’t need to ask people not to share their title, but purposefully not calling attention to titles and functions helps level-set the playing field a bit more.
  • Use a timer to cut people off during feedback. I always do this during my sessions. When everyone is allotted the same amount of time and the buzzer dings, cutting off the speaker isn’t personal, it’s simply playing by the rules.

6. Know when to take a break

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