This article was originally published in 2015 and has been completely updated in 2020.
How can you speak up in meetings without being intimidated by loud talkers who dominate the discussion? Even in this age of technology, face-to-face meetings are still a vital and inevitable part of work life, so you need to make a good contribution in these settings – especially if your manager is present.
Loud talkers tend to dominate meetings even when they are not the smartest in the room. They may be the most senior or they may just be extraverts who don’t listen enough to those with a better idea. They also tend to be males who talk over females.
(Dealing with interrupting colleagues will be the subject of a separate blog.)
According to Professor Leigh Thompson of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, research indicates that in a typical 6-person meeting, two people do more than 60% of the talking. Increase the size of the group, say to 8 attendees, and three people do 70% of the talking.
How you are noticed in meetings is a key part of your career success. Here are 10 tips for getting people to take more notice of you in business meetings:
If you are a team leader, Susan Cain offers these 3 tips as well for better results from the whole group in the meeting:
Try these ideas and see how they work for you.
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