Meeting with people, whether in business or casual or social situations should be taken advantage of to its fullest. If you follow five steps, you can be sure to take maximum advantage of the situation. Determine elements you would like people to contribute to your task. Do not be afraid to ask for their involvement. Allow enough time in the meeting for everyone to be able to contribute. Always acknowledge people’s contribution. Finally, utilize the things you receive.
- Always go into a meeting having ready defined what you want different people to do or say to contribute.
- Leave space for everybody to engage freely, and actively encourage people to engage if they seem reluctant.
- Make sure that you actually make some kind of tangible use of people’s contributions made during the meeting, and that you don’t just forget about them.
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