Ten Tips for Appearing Confident When Leading a Meeting
As the leader of a meeting, you want to appear confident and in control. This means being assertive; you express yourself in a positive and confident manner and allow others to do the same. This approach encourages two-way conversations and collaboration.
Here are ten tips you can use to confidently lead a meeting:
Listen actively and give direct answers to keep the meeting on target and avoid wasting time.
Clarify issues and make sure all participants share and understand all relevant information.
Be prepared to change strategy whenever necessary. Watch and listen for reactions.
Be supportive of your colleagues, allowing them to make their points first.
Critically question exactly what people are saying.
Supply accurate supporting data whenever you want to make a point.
Avoid any unnecessary interruptions and take control of outside disturbances.
Be aware of distracting behavior, such as finger tapping or side talk while others are speaking.
Keep your temper under control at all times, unless you deliberately want to lose it!
Answer questions truthfully. If you don't know the answer, say so. Bluffing gets you into trouble every time.