●In meetings, allow people to participate on their own terms. Staff should not be forced to contribute openly in meetings if this is not their preferred choice at that time. Allow opportunities for them to contribute in other ways.
●Call it out! If you have attended a meeting where everyone looks the same, speaks the same, then voice your opinion in a respectful and kind way to the meeting facilitator.
Being a good listener is one of the best ways to be a good communicator. No one likes communicating with someone who cares only about putting in her two cents and does not take the time to listen to the other person. If you’re not a good listener, it’s going to be hard to comprehend what you’re being asked to do.
●Provide space/opportunity for others to have their say and wait for response rather than push ahead
●Make meetings an environment where everyone that wishes to contribute, feels comfortable too.
●Go around the room and ask for feedback, giving eye contact
●Let staff know that there are other ways that they can contribute their views wic include sending an email or speaking to the facilitator after the meeting.
Practice active listening which means not being on your phone or laptop (unless taking notes). Try to remember to thank staff after they have contributed