EP024: Q&A: How Can I Get My Team to Speak Up in Meetings?

How to encourage employees to speak up in meetings is a common question for new leaders. In order for you to get the most from your team and encourage creative thinking or innovative problem solving, you need to get your team to share their thoughts and opinions. 

However, it isn’t always easy to get people to speak up in meetings, especially if people are introverted, from a non-English speaking background or are a young professional. 

For these types of people, you must create a safe space for them to share their thoughts, opinions and ideas. In this episode,I share three ideas on how you as a new leader can encourage your team to speak up in meetings, including how to listen and acknowledge, create thinking time and stop interruptors.

In Episode 24 of The Leadership Pod, “Q&A: How Can I Get My Team to Speak Up in Meetings?”, I delve into this topic. You’ll learn:

  • Why you need your team to speak up in meetings.
  • Reasons your team do not speak up in meetings.
  • How to listen and acknowledge when they speak.
  • Verbal and nonverbal strategies to show you’re listening. 
  • Create thinking time, including a fun post-it note activity.
  • How to stop interruptors, including verbal strategies to use.

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Kara Ronin is the founder of Executive Impressions. She is an executive coach who specialises in leadership presence, social skills and business etiquette. She is also the creator of Bestselling Udemy course, Business Etiquette 101. Kara’s advice and unique perspectives have been featured in Time Inc., Business Insider, Ignites Europe (a Financial Times Service), The Muse, The Local France, The West Australian, and more. Kara works regularly with lawyers, investment bankers, and finance professionals to help them build presence, authority and influence in business. Get Kara's insights delivered straight to your inbox