You don’t host bad meetings, do you?
We all like to think that we host riveting and exciting meetings, and that our colleagues spend the whole week looking forward to participating in them. This may be the case, and if you do host meetings that are on par with the Superbowl in terms of engagement, we take our hats off to you.
The rest of us are probably going to admit that while we would like to think that we host fascinating and relevant meetings all the time, the truth is that they’re sometimes like soda that’s been left in the glass too long: flat.
But how do you know if your meetings are good or not? It is much easier to tell when you are in a in-person meeting than it is when you are in a conference call or meeting call as you have the visual signs of boredom to go by: fidgeting, looking at the watch etc.
Here are a couple of warning signs to heed to when hosting a meeting call:
If people are yawning so much that they aren’t even bothering to put themselves on mute first, you have a problem. Listen out for those embarrassed little stifled yawns to tell you if people are struggling not to fall asleep. If you get the bold-as-brass full on sucking-all-the-air-out-of-the-room sort of yawns it’s probably time to declare the meeting over.
If you’ve been talking a while and not getting any feedback from anyone else, chances are that they have switched off. Oh, they could be pondering in your wisdom of course, but unless you are Yoda that is unlikely.
Check out the temperature of that silence by asking some questions. If nobody answers, try directing questions specifically to one other participant.
“Sorry Mike, I’m losing you … can you say that again … I don’t think my reception is very good … nope, can’t hear you … … … .”
Sometimes a poor connection is a real thing. Sometimes a poor connection is an excuse to get the hell out.
What do you do to make sure that your meeting calls are interesting? Let us know in the comments.