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How to Get Participation
Do you get frustrated when people just sit in your meetings,
never participating or offering ideas?
You've gone to so much trouble to
prepare and conduct
the meetings and they don't say a thing. Aren't
What's happening is a very natural human dynamic. Once
you understand the dynamic, it's easy to recognize and
You're going to learn how to solve this problem forever.
Why Is This Happening?
Your people probably see your meetings as presentations.
presenting. They're listening and absorbing.
If they're going to ask
a question or make a comment, they may be concerned about
making a fool of themselves and whether the information
is relevant to others.
The easy choice is just to keep
We know our people have great ideas and can really make things
happen when they get focused.
We as Management are "walking
the talk" in terms of getting everyone together to communicate,
fix problems, and get organized. But our efforts seem to
be wasted because no one says anything in the meetings.
be very frustrating.
What To Do About This?
The way to get participation is to ask
If you ask a specific
person a specific
question, they'll almost always respond.
You'll see how powerful
A Supervisor holding a Gainsharing Meeting at one of our clients
tried this technique with immediate results.
In the Gainsharing Meeting with the employees the Supervisor,
who was the presenter for the meeting, asked "What do you
do to make sure the job traveler paperwork matches the parts
it refers to?"
No one said anything.
He then asked, "Jane, what do you do to make sure the
paperwork matches." Jane launched into a terrific summary
of her "routine" to make sure everything was in order
with a given job before she begins her work.
What she had to say was impressive.
that the others were now thinking of the things they
do to make sure the paperwork is always correct and silently
hoping that the leader would call on them so they could
get in on this conversation. It turned the whole vibe of
the meeting around.
I'm sure others learned from what she had to say. Yet
a moment before, (when no one responded to the question), it
seemed as though no one had anything to say about avoiding this
Our brains are "designed" to respond to questions.
Ask a question and a listener's brain begins to assemble
a response/answer. It's innate. Hardwired.
This isn't enough to get participation in a meeting though.You must address the question to a specific person. This makes
it clear that you're expecting a response from them.
- If you're not getting participation in your meetings
ask yourself "Am I asking questions?"
- If you are asking questions and they're still not responding,
take it to the next level by asking a specific person.
If people are not participating and offering ideas in your
meetings, it may be because you're not asking any questions.
You may be the cause of the problem that you're so frustrated
Now you understand the dynamics behind getting people to "speak
up" in meetings.
You'll be more confident as a presenter
because you know how to drive participation when it's needed.
Whenever you’re ready . . . here are six ways we can
1. Gainsharing Executive Briefing DVD
This free DVD gives a quick primer on Gainsharing and it's “must have” features.
It was created by a television producer and includes on-site interviews with
actual Gainsharing users. Click
here to request your free copy.
2. Gainsharing BluePrint
Answers the question “How could this be applied in my Company?” Outlines
both the formula and “Boots on the Ground” connection fundamentals
required for an effective Gainsharing system. Click
here to request more info.
3. “40 Minutes to a 5 to 15%
Productivity Improvement” Webinar
Learn how to motivate employees and give them “skin in the game” to
drive results. Click
here for direct access.
4. Invite me to speak for your group
or trade organization
I would be pleased to serve your trade organization or other groups as a speaker. Click
here to email me about your opportunity.
5. In-person, on-site presentation
at your company
Let’s put a presentation together for your Management Team and others.
It’s an ideal way to explore how Gainsharing applies to your specific
circumstances without the cost or inconvenience of travel for your people. Click
here to email me to discuss customizing the presentation for your Company.
6. Webinar for your company
We can also develop a custom webinar presentation for your company. This makes
it easy to get a quick overview using technology to maximize convenience. Click
here to email me to request more info.
You can also send your questions to email@example.com
or call 317-371-1021.
About the Author:
Dr. Charles (Chuck) DeBettignies is an author, speaker, seminar leader,
Gainsharing expert, and founder of Gainsharing Inc.
His company implements Gainsharing processes to motivate employees
to pursue great performance with a performance-based pay reward system that
leads to an improved bottom-line at the same time.
Many companies say it's the single best thing they ever implemented
for both their company and employees.
Gainsharing Inc. specializes in Gainsharing
Systems, and offers design, implementation, and assistance to drive impressive,
P.O. Box 501548
Indianapolis, IN 46250
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