Don’t be a Meeting Drone: Remember these 3 Easy Questions
One of the most common discussions I have with leadership teams and their members focuses on communication. These discussions include topics such as how to communicate clearly so everyone understands your message, how to get people to listen, and how to wade through the distractions of social media.
It seems to me that now, more than ever, our need for better communication is vital. We move so quickly in and out of relationship dynamics it becomes difficult to stay focused long enough to even grasp the message, let alone process what it means for the organization as a whole.
How do we get better? There isn’t enough time in the world to address that last question, so let’s focus on something each of us can do to improve how we communicate — using self-awareness to guide us. Self-awareness is the idea that if we slow down and consider the purpose behind our urges before we act, we will be able to move more authentically in our lives. There is no place that could use this consideration more than our workplace communication.
Cultivating self-awareness doesn’t need to feel like just another task to put on your list. Here are three simple questions you can ask ourselves before you speak:
- Does this need to be said? – think about whether or not what you are thinking is relevant to the discussion or topic at hand.
- Does this need to be said by me? – perhaps someone has already shared the observation or fact that you are thinking about.
- Does this need to be said by me right now? – consider if the team or the person with whom you are having the discussion is open to what you want to contribute.
Asking yourself these questions before you speak will help you slow down and consider how you are communicating. Sharing these with your team will help them get the response they want in your meetings, and eliminate unnecessary chatter and unrelated conversations.
When I share these questions with the leadership teams I am honored to coach, I see light bulbs go off. Folks share the impact of using these questions to guide their discussions, and the difference from times when they spoke without stopping to think first.
Good communication doesn’t have to be complicated. In my experience, it is often the most straightforward solution that has the greatest impact on our teams.
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