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.