Want People to Listen to You in Zoom Meetings?

Here's how to make sure your ideas get the attention they deserve



What's even worse than having to attend half a dozen Zoom or other video chat meetings during the working day? Attending all those meetings and feeling like you might as well have skipped them because no one was listening to your input or your ideas. That happens much too often to entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, business leaders, and employees.

Fortunately, you don't have to put up with feeling ignored during video chat meetings. A few subtle changes to your approach will have your colleagues, business partners, or customers paying much more attention to what you have to say. In a post at Psychology Today, business communications coach Nancy Ancowitz offers some smart tips for getting people to pay attention to you during video meetings.

1. Be picky about which meetings you attend.

In a hilarious TED Talk that's been viewed more than two million times, information security manager David Grady rails against what he calls MAS, or "mindless accept syndrome." It's that bad habit most of us have of clicking "yes" on meeting invitations without necessarily knowing how we'll contribute to the greater good by being there. Instead, he recommends clicking "maybe" (or whatever the equivalent is in your calendar system), and then emailing the person who invited you for more information about how you can add value by attending the meeting. If there isn't a compelling reason for you to be there, it might make sense to skip it and review the information by email instead.

Admittedly, in a work-from-home world, video chat meetings carry the benefit of letting people who no longer see one another every day feel more connected as a team. At the same time, it's all too easy to get overloaded and exhausted, and it's harder to be effective in a video chat meeting -- or any meeting -- if you're desperately wishing you were just about anywhere else. So be judicious about which meeting invitations you accept and which you politely decline.

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Source: Inc.

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