February 3, 2022

How to Encourage People to Speak Up in Virtual Meetings

using a laptop for a virtual meeting

Virtual Trends

How do you ask for ideas or feedback during a virtual meeting in a way that returns valuable answers from your entire team? Harvard Business Review has released an article covering eight tactics for getting responses from even the most mute-happy virtual meeting member. Here are just a few of their suggestions:

  • Share your questions ahead of time
  • Establish rules that encourage participation
  • Ask simple questions in the chat
  • Be clear about what you’re asking for
  • Remember it’s a conversation, not an interview

Why This Matters

Although virtual meetings have made workplace communication much easier during the pandemic, there still may be team members that aren’t as comfortable speaking up in a virtual setting. Productivity takes place when all team members are able to speak into the conversation, and these tactics will help aid in encouraging all team members to participate.

Next Step

Read the full list of suggested tactics by Harvard Business Review, consider which you could implement with your team, and see how it makes a difference for meeting participation.