For some, stepping up to the plate to lead a meeting is an easy task. For others, however, it's a different story. The frightening thought of all of the eyes in the room looking at you, watching your every move, and the thought of failing or messing up can certainly keep you more comfortable in your seat than taking the initiative to lead the meeting.
Here are some things to remember when it's your time to shine:
■ First off, YOU'RE THE STAR! Never let anything deter you from stepping up and leading the pack. Eyes will be focused on you, so shake that thought off. The one thing you DON’T want is eyes to be on others, phones, or anything else that is not you.
■ Be fully aware of your role in the meeting. Whether you are introducing the speaker, giving announcements, or wrapping up what was said, there's no small role in public speaking. Remember to take time to prepare and review what you're about to say, so things can flow naturally and are not forced.
■ An agenda is key. No matter if this is your first time speaking or you're a veteran, an agenda is the crux of the meeting. When leading a meeting, always stay on subject. Remember, if this is an uncomfortable time for you, say what needs to be said and move along. If have plenty of specific points to address, index cards are always a plus.
■ If you have any jitters while on stage, take time to clear your thoughts or tell a joke. This will help loosen up your anxiety to proceed with the rest of your information.
■ Whether your meeting is big or small, make people in the meeting feel needed. One thing is for sure: no one will criticize your leading skills if you're praising the whole group. Taking the time to send shout-outs is always appreciated.
■ Lastly, plan ahead for any questions. If you're giving out important information, make sure others involved fully understood what was said or what was needed. This limits you having to repeat the same information.
Now that you have read these tips, make sure to apply these to be the master in your next business meeting
By: Aaron Lewis