During Meeting: The Value of Being Questioned

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Employees are always worry when the up coming meeting due date. The most common worry is about, how will I being questioned? How would I respond ? How will my staffs, my subordinate and my colleagues think about me if I got questioned?

Those worries lead the meeting become less participations, less productive and unexpected result. But however, being questioned has its pros and cons. Today, I am going to share some of my thought about the value of being questioned during the meeting.

Being questioned means the audience interested in your and your presentation. If you got some question on your presentation whether positive or negative question, means the audiences are with you and they are focus on you and your presentation. Let them asks and take it positively to improve and make it better.

Being questioned means they value your efforts. Preparing a presentation is not an easy job. From exploring raw data to a good presentation required efforts and knowledge. A good preparation will get more question and the audiences valued you and your strength through that preparation.

Being questioned means they showing you the way to make your presentation, task or program better. To improve your strengths you need to ask and being questioned along the way as well. Sometime we cannot find our mistakes but when we got questions then we can see where the mistakes lies.

Being questioned is good real life education. At school we got questions from our teachers but those questions in one purpose is just to check whether you understand the lesson or not, but in real working life, you receive questions become of those need an explanation and clarify and improve, a bit of different but huge impact on your future.

These are just some of the value of being asked or questioned during the meeting and you should never worry or afraid of being questioned as well. But however, in some cases, some questions mean humiliation and that should be avoid to happened during the meeting.

Top 5 Behaviors That Could Ruin The Quality of A Meeting

“Meeting” is a moment that every attendees need to be “focused” and “participation”. A “productive meeting” is a meeting that everyone are “focus”, “participation” and “finding solutions”. But somehow, meeting can be ruined by some of these behaviors:

1. Late for the meeting: This is the destroyer of a productive meeting. People will not focus if there are some people coming in the middle of the discussion. They will keep their eyes on those who coming late and they would take some five to 10 minutes to refocus again.

2. Whispering during the discussion: While people are discussing on important point, but some people are whispering at the back. This will make others cannot focus and the quality of the meeting also reduce. “Do not whisper during the meeting. Come up with clear and loud comments during the discussion would be much more better.”

3. Using phone, computer or other devices: The biggest mistakes of employees during the meeting is trying to reply SMS, phone call or emails during the discussion and that’s the biggest “meeting quality” destroyer. How could you focus of what the meeting is all about while you are trying to finish another job at the same time? Some people only can manage multiple tasks at the same time, but most of the people cannot do so. ” Do not try to overload your tasks at the same time while you’re in the middle of something.”

4. Throw the ball to each others: Meeting mean understanding the issues and finding the best solution, it will never about judging anyone. Judging may not help you to find a better solutions, in contrast, it could creates even more problems within team. Do not throw the “ball” to anyone in the meeting room, put the “ball” in middle of the table and let’s discuss.

5. Never-open-the-mouth: Can you imagine how disappoint meeting leader would be if there is attendee just sit-and-listen without saying any words? Those could also destroy meeting as well. No matter what you would think, but participation the meeting could somehow contribute something to improve the quality of the meeting too. No one will judge you whether your opinion is wrong or right. Let’s participant your ideas.

These above are just some of behaviors that could destroy or ruin a meeting and reduce its productivity. Better stay away from those behavior and let’s “participate” the discussion.