New Rules…

I’m often asked for techniques to engage team members who are quiet in meetings. 

Try this:  At the beginning of the meeting, set expectations with this ground rule.

Silence = Agreement.

Silence doesn’t mean I’m thinking about it, I’ll get back to you or I’m multi-tasking, it means I’m in!

Then go around the room and get their agreement to the rule.  If it’s a virtual meeting, either go around the virtual room and ask their thoughts by name or have a group text, IM, google hangout or Webex to give team members a chance to write their question or comment.