Four Things to Say to Yourself Before Every Meeting

How do you get your game face on before meetings? You do have a meeting game face don’t you?

Game Face for Meeting

TWEET: When it’s meeting time, do you have a game face or even a game plan?

I’ve found that people attending meetings tend to fall into four groups, loosely based on their DISC profiles.

Group 1: Those who have all the ideas and think theirs are the best. (Those who take over, usually High D’s)

Group 2: Those who have tons of ideas but never share them. (Those who are afraid to speak up, usually High C’s and S’s)

Group 3: Those who have no ideas. (Those who don’t think quickly, usually High C’s)

Group 4: Those who just want to have fun. (Those who came for the party and a business meeting broke out, usually High I’s)

Here are four mantras for each of the four groups. No matter what group you fall into, I want you to repeat these over and over before each meeting, so that you achieve your objectives.

Group 1 Mantras

Objective: To be cooperative, to be a team player, to value others’ opinions, and learn.

  1. I am not the smartest person in the room.
  2. I didn’t get here by myself.
  3. My idea is not always going to be the best one.
  4. I need help to make a wise decision.

Those are the things that I personally repeat each time I attend a meeting.

Group 2  Mantras

Objective: To speak up, to be heard, to help the team, and show energy.

  1. I have valuable ideas to share.
  2. I am an important part of this team.
  3. I will defend my ideas when challenged.
  4. Others need my counsel.

Group 3 Mantras

Objective: To participate in the discussion, to contribute, to think on your feet, and to be seen as actively involved.

NOTE: I have often found that this group needs to prepare in advance. Come with ready-made ideas and share them throughout.

  1. I am prepared for this meeting.
  2. I will ask for time to think when needed.
  3. I will think out loud when necessary.
  4. I will be seen as engaged.

Group 4 Mantras

Objective: To be seen as more serious, focused on the task at hand, and contributing.

  1. I care deeply about results.
  2. I will use my relationship skills to bring others together.
  3. I will take notes and offer serious ideas.
  4. I will use humor only when appropriate to lighten the mood.

Question: Which group do you fall into? How can these mantras help you? What would you add or take away from yours? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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