Meetings with a clear purpose are the ones where the participants are engaged. Unfortunately, in the business world many meetings don’t have a clear purpose and therefore the participants are not engaged. To get people engaged, you have to be clear and specific about what you want them to do during this meeting. Set up the meeting space to promote more engagement. Be sure to thank the people who are making contributions. Last of all, use the information that you receive from the people who participated.
- Think ahead of time about what you want out of each of the people who will be at the meeting.
- Ask people directly for engagement, and be sure that you leave room for them to provide it.
- Thank people for their contributions, and try to actually use the feedback people give you.
“When you are clear about why your group needs to meet and what you want to accomplish together, engagement is natural.”