Even if you don’t have a new idea to offer, there are other ways to add to the conversation.
For instance, if someone says something that you don’t find clear, you can ask them to expand on, or clarify what they mean:
“What exactly do you mean by ‘clumping’?” “I’m not sure I understood what you said about…?” “Can you elaborate on…” “When you say ‘last year’s figures’, which figures specifically are you referring to?
You’ll be doing the whole group a favor – you’ll certainly not be the only one who hasn’t understood. Don’t be afraid of ‘losing face’. Your objective is to be as effective as possible in the meeting – and to do so you need to be clear about what’s being said.
Or if someone offers an idea that you think is a good one, say so. It’s very supportive for someone to hear, “That’s a great point.” That sort of contribution can make you a valued part of a conversation.
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