Coordinating these meetings can be a headache as many people will join in. Often times, more than one person may tend to talk at a time. How can we handle or avoid more than one person speaking at a time on a conference call?
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- Assign a meeting moderator to handle conflicts in discussion
- Have a clear agenda with a person assigned to each talking point
- Participants in the meeting must direct their questions to a particular person by name (again all we have to connect with others is our voice, we can't make eye contact with them, so using the name is the best bet)
- When there is no option but to interrupt, we should take care to use the right phrases to politely interrupt and avoid the rude ones. More on this here.
(These answers assume that the equipment is working flawlessly!)
There will be other ideas that come to mind as we brainstorm this longer. The key here is that the meeting must be well planned and organized. Communication between as many team members on one side of the call must take place in advance. This does take preparation time for the team calling in, but will save time in actually holding the meeting and also will help in reducing these kinds of interruptions.
Jennifer Kumar, author of this post helps Indian teams communicate more effectively with US counterparts by consulting with them, finding the gaps, and implementing simple processes to help improve communication within their team and between onsite and client teams. Contact her anytime to learn more by clicking here.
Polite Ways to Interrupt
Phrases to use in Group Discussions (Group Meetings)
Meeting Etiquette (video tutorial)
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