A leader’s reputation can be enhanced or damaged by what he says in meetings.
But relax – that doesn’t mean you have to be a polished speaker or prepare snazzy PowerPoint slides.
Here are three lessons to remember when you need to say something at a business meeting:
1. Keep it upbeat
Raise your voice and speak a little faster than others speaking in the meeting.
You’ll raise the overall energy level and people will want to hear what you say.
2. Use people’s names
“I agree with Karen’s suggestion” or “Let’s focus on Bill’s idea” are the kinds of statements that focus attendees and give credit where credit is due.
Leaders always do this.
3. Don’t be a time hog
Even the best speakers have filibustered a meeting or two in their time.
Unless you’re giving a presentation, keep your questions or points as brief as possible.