Stop Before You Start a Meeting

 When you step up to the front of a room, you have an opportunity to stop.

Too often when we take the front of the room, we launch right into talking without really seeing who’s in the room—without connecting. We talk non-stop through the entire presentation.

Yet it is the fearless, intentional pause that captures the attention in the room.

When things stop, we notice.

When there’s a gap in the noise, we pay attention.

There’s really no difference between the start of a meeting or the beginning of a presentation. Both are conversations. And each beginning is the crucial moment.

When you stop, you can be certain that audience attention levels are high. In fact, in that moment, there is probably little you can do to get more attention from your audience—unless you stop.

 

 

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Lou Solomon

Lou Solomon is the founder of Interact. She is a TEDx speaker and a member of the adjunct faculty at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. Her articles have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur.com, CEO.com, and Fast Company.