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On Leadership: How leaders exude confidence in meetings

Research shows that the typical American professional spends from one hour to over four hours each day in meetings, depending upon their job. The way you present yourself in work meetings can have a big impact on your career. If you don't partici...

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Pam Solberg-Tapper

Research shows that the typical American professional spends from one hour to over four hours each day in meetings, depending upon their job. The way you present yourself in work meetings can have a big impact on your career. If you don't participate, you can give the impression that you don't know what's going on or don't care. But speaking up in meetings can be a big challenge if you lack confidence in talking in front of others. Here are seven leadership techniques to help you be visible, provide value and demonstrate your confidence in meetings.

1. The Contributor shows expertise by contributing ideas and information.

"What about this idea?" Or "The data shows that we are above budget."

2. The Initiator suggests taking a different approach when the group is stuck.

"How about looking at this from the end point and then work backwards?"

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3. The Supporter adds supportive comments and affirms the work of the group.

"We seem to be making good progress on this issue."

4. The Summarizer conducts a short recap or review of what has occurred.

"This is what we have so far...."

5. The Clarifier asks a question that can benefit the group member's understanding.

"What did you mean when you said...?"

6. The Expediter speaks up when things seem to have been discussed enough and checks to see if it's time to advance to the next step.

"Are we ready to move forward or do we need more dialog?"

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7. The Focuser brings the group back to central issues when it gets off track.

"It seems like we are heading in a different direction, should we continue along this path or get back to the agenda?"

By using a variety of these meeting techniques, you will display confidence because you are visible and speaking up. You also provide value to the group by helping the meeting be more productive.

 

Pam Solberg-Tapper, president of Coach for Success Inc., is a Duluth-based executive coach, professional speaker and adventure marathoner. For questions or to submit questions or ideas for future columns, please contact her at pam@coachforsuccess.com or 218-729-0772.

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