They're part of the job.
Whether a one-off discussion or a recurring meeting with the same players sitting around the table, Sara Harvey Yao returns to discuss how to be more present in order to contribute more impact and influence. Don't miss Sara's tips on surviving conference calls as well.
When you attend a meeting, you want to "show up" and provide value – you want to have impact and influence
You are going to make an impact so determine what impact you want to make.
Showing up and Being Fully Present is the key to having impact and influence in a meeting
Being a leader is about being present and really listening
What Being Present is
Being fully there in the moment
Being aware of what is happening in the room, mind or body
What Being Present isn't
Worrying about past or future
Thinking about something else and miss what someone said
Being Present during meetings is important because:
You can bring relevant info at the right time
Allows for creativity
Allows active participation in the discussions & decision making
Auto-pilot is the mode you get in when you aren't present.
If you find yourself reacting the same way in meetings, you are on auto-pilot – there is science behind this, you are on survival mode in the limbic system in the brain
Being present will get you out of autopilot
Being present allows you to choice your reaction to work interactions or in meetings
Sara shares tips for surviving the conference call and being present during conference calls
Turn off screens or turn off email
Sit in a different chair or go to a different location
Give yourself a challenge to contribute to the meeting