Whether you’re attending meetings and working on a large project, most jobs involve some form of teamwork. However, we know it can sometimes be intimidating to speak up in a group. To help your team find their voice, here are some tips to keep in mind during your next meeting:
Be Open and Honest
Open communication between all team members will help projects run smoothly from start to finish. Each person should feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and be honest about the amount of work they can handle.
Create Common Goals
Work together to create group goals and write them on your dry-erase board. By having common goals, everyone will feel they have a right and a responsibility to share their thoughts with the group.
It’s okay to have a little anxiety when speaking in a group. Just remember, you don’t have to talk the entire time, just for a few minutes. Your team will be glad you did, especially if you noticed something that no one else did.
Win or lose, get the team together. Every victory should be celebrated and every loss mourned as a team. Even if you just meet for 10 minutes, it gives everyone a chance to reflect on what went well and what can be improved next time.