- Master the “pre-meeting. ” Much of the work can happen at these “meetings before the meetings,” where people meet early to connect, throw ideas around, garner support, and clarify the true purpose of the meeting. Participating in these makes it easier to join the conversation later.
- Prepare to speak spontaneously. Collaboration and decision-making happen through conversation, not formal PowerPoint presentations. If you’re uncomfortable speaking off the cuff, write down what you want to say ahead of time.
- Keep an even keel. Use active, authoritative language that shows you’re taking ownership of your ideas. Don’t give in to sarcasm or curtness when you’re frustrated.