Meetings are a time for people to come together to exchange ideas, discuss issues, communicate and make decisions.
And while there are many components to effective meetings, one factor that isn’t always necessary is talking.
To be engaged in a meeting doesn’t necessarily mean you are talking. In a world of overwhelming noise, silence is a powerful force that can help us cultivate relationships, encourage reflection and improve our overall communication ability.
As a facilitator though, this wasn’t always easy for me to understand. In meetings, I wanted people to share their ideas. I wanted energy and momentum and synergy. And when I didn’t get that, my first thought was that they were disinterested, disengaged and not listening.