How do you get your game face on before meetings? You do have a meeting game face don’t you?
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.
- I am not the smartest person in the room.
- I didn’t get here by myself.
- My idea is not always going to be the best one.
- 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.
- I have valuable ideas to share.
- I am an important part of this team.
- I will defend my ideas when challenged.
- 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.
- I am prepared for this meeting.
- I will ask for time to think when needed.
- I will think out loud when necessary.
- I will be seen as engaged.
Group 4 Mantras
Objective: To be seen as more serious, focused on the task at hand, and contributing.
- I care deeply about results.
- I will use my relationship skills to bring others together.
- I will take notes and offer serious ideas.
- 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.