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Keep Ideas From Being Ignored, Discredited, or Stolen in Meetings by Dianna Booher - Part 4

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Published on Apr 13, 2012

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Executive Communication Expert Dianna Booher
--- Another Tip: Talk WITH, Not TO the Group.
Consider yourself as being in a conversation with more than one person rather than "addressing a group." Pause to let others speak or ask questions if necessary for clarification as you move through your ideas. Use "we" and "us" rather than "you" and "I." Use terms that others will understand rather than lapsing into jargon.... Make eye contact with everyone around the table rather than reading from your notes or staring at the floor, the ceiling, or your favored ally.

And If You Disagree, Do So Without Being Disagreeable.
Never let yourself become a victim of group-think---a condition in which group harmony becomes more important than results. If the purpose of a meeting is to generate ideas and get input, by all means speak up when you disagree. Just don't be disagreeable. The difference is attitude.

Finally, Lighten Up---The Point Doesn't Have to Be Perfect.
Not all platforms and purposes are created equal. Your career will not rise or fall based on the interactions in every meeting. If a particular meeting is not necessarily "yours," jump in and participate---even without thorough preparation. Spontaneity still succeeds.

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