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You Don’t Have to “Speak Up” to Contribute to Meetings

You Don’t Have to “Speak Up” to Contribute to Meetings

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Key Takeaways

There are a ton of ways to contribute to meetings that don’t involve having knowledge on the subject.

Some strategies to make valuable contributions in meetings in ways you might not have thought were valuable:

  • Redefine “value.” It isn’t always about expertise.

People Equate Speaking Up With Value

You don’t have to speak up in every single meeting to contribute to your team. Sometimes, active listening is necessary to give you the context you need to reflect and provide input in the future. Often, however, people equate value with “speaking up,” and if you struggle to do so, you may feel l...

The Meeting: Four Major Roles

Traditionally, there are four major roles that can be filled in a meeting and each contributes value in an integral way:

The leader: This person convenes the meeting and leads the discussion on all major agenda items.

The timekeeper: This person keeps...

Take The Role Of The Recorder

To successfully fill this role, you need to be able to quickly process information and record key insights from the meeting discussion in real-time. Young professionals, or employees who are new to a team, can develop this skill innately without necessarily having the same “insider” knowledge as ...

Giving Context To Your Notes

To give your notes more context, you might ask:

  • What is most important to our key customers in this market segment?
  • Are there any unmet needs in this market segment that we can fill?
  • How do our current strategies need to evolve to prepare for new market entrants?

Own The Follow-Ups

  • Write a succinct summary: Key points from the meeting structured in a way that allows others to forward your message to anyone who missed the meeting or cares to know about what occurred.
  • Keep a key decisions registry. Create a table that lists which...

The seemingly “obvious” points are “easy-win” contributions. They can be points said at the beginning of the conversation or a topic that help set the stage for further discussion and debate. They are points that leverage facts and data to help paint the current state of affairs. These points ma...

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