How to Give Introverts Time and Space in Meetings

For this article by Jo Ilfeld, Executive Leadership Coach on introverts the image shows two people holding up pictures of other faces to cover their own.

When running a meeting, how long do you give the introverts in the room to come up with their opinion about a proposal and how much space do you give the introverts in the room to come up with a proposal?

This was a question that a client and I were discussing recently. She likes to listen to all the experts in the room and before forming an opinion and making a decision. What happens though if some of these experts are introverts?

Many people who are introverts find that when things are presented in meetings they don’t have enough time to really think them through and properly analyze all the different aspects of the things they’re curious about before deciding what their opinion is and which side they come down on.

People who tend to be more gut-centered or lead more on instinct hear an idea and they immediately have this gut sense of whether they agree or not. People who tend to be much more head-centered and thinking centered, need some time to think through all the ramifications.

So how do you give introverts time and space in meetings? Watch the video for more.

Do you want to read more about running meetings online? Here’s how to handle the awkward long pause.

Jo Ilfeld, PhD

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…. and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development. Check out Jo's bio page for more information.

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