The minute someone learns that there will be a meeting; the meeting has begun. That is the moment when they start making space in their mind for the potential of attending and participating, or maybe even avoiding the meeting. What you and I do to entice them to be a part of it determines to a large extent how successful our meeting will be.
Recall a recent event where your host or emcee mounted the platform, grabbed the audience’s attention and then proceeded to lose it again by saying, “before we get started I have a few announcements.” I’m sure that, like me, you’ve heard those deadly words at most of the meetings you’ve attended. Well, here’s a news flash for those speakers: When you are on the platform and the audience is looking at you The Meeting Has Started! If you are making announcements then the meeting is in fact now underway. Perhaps a better opener would have been, “Good Morning! Three things you’ll...
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