Barry’s buzz- Oct 2020

“Make Meeting Matter”

(Paul Axtell)

Meetings should matter and today where we are doing those meetings virtually in most cases, it is easy to get distracted. “If you’re going to attend or lead a meeting, don’t you want it to matter? You can foster relationships and learn from their new ideas and perspective!” In fact, in our own day to day lives, especially today our relationships grow or fall apart if we are not listening to what is being said by those around us.
In his book; Paul states, “be curious and remind yourself the other person’s views are as important as yours are”, giving the person speaking the benefit of the doubt, and assuming a positive intent. Negative thoughts are going to occur at times and by noticing them we can refocus on listening for clarity, understanding, and value of what the other person is trying to communicate.
We all want to be heard and seen as a partner in both our business and personal lives. By being open and communicative our conversations and our meetings become more useful and productive.
Over the last few months due to COVID-19, we have had to adapt and learn new ways to communicate virtually or by social distancing to protect each other. For me there has never been a better time to reflect on what clear understanding through positive intention is all about. Helping each other grow with understanding is impactful for those we touch with our words and actions each day.
As always thank you for allowing me to share. Be safe!