A successful LEAD program relies on members, particularly the LEAD chairman, understanding the difference between presenting and facilitating.
Presenting is one-way, it’s boring and it doesn’t lend itself to engaging LEAD sessions.
Facilitating, on the other hand, takes participants through a process. It’s fosters participation and conversation in place of a traditional lecture.
In this short post, Harvard Business Review offers 3 simple ways to increase participation at your next meeting (or LEAD session):
- Don’t dominate. This not only gives others less time to speak up but also conveys that only your ideas are important. Let at least three people speak before you
- Be positive. Demonstrate that all ideas are valuable by restating important points. Thank people who are usually reticent for their comments.
- Ask directly. To get input from everyone, ask each person for their thoughts. Don’t do it in a confrontational way. Try, “Do you have anything to share?”