Dax Apolinario Marikina, Philippines 2 Questions 5 Answers 0 Best Answers 57 Points View Profile 0 Dax Apolinario Newbie Asked: February 19, 2019In: Communication Active contribution in meetings 0 How do you solicit active participation in team meetings? How do you handle those shy type team members? And how do you avoid members looking at meetings as fault finding sessions? communicationmeetingsparticipation Share Facebook 1 Answer Voted Oldest Recent Mauricio Rubio Sydney, Australia 8 Questions 31 Answers 2 Best Answers 698 Points View Profile Mauricio Rubio Senior Project Manager Added an answer on February 22, 2019 at 1:00 am This answer was edited. People will actively participate in meetings if you foster a collaborative environment. If you give them the confidence to speak up and if you respectfully listen to their points, opinions or suggestions even if you don’t agree with what they’re saying. Same goes for shy people, the above pretty much applies to everyone. But for those with little engagement you can drive them to participate by directly asking them questions. Or what they think about what someone else just said. So that they don’t feel singled out, you can ask the same to someone else or just go around the table allowing for everyone’s input. Remember, as a PM, you’re there to lead, to faciliate, to support, to help. And regarding your last question, in terms of people not seeing meetings as a “blame game” well it’s simple actually, don’t make them feel that way. Never make people feel you’re there to point a finger at someone when something goes wrong, on the contrary, as the PM leading the team and the project, ultimately you’re responsible for what happens. Regardless if someone else is doing the work. Let them know that. Stand by your team in the good times and the bad times and they will respect you. That doesn’t mean of course that you shouldn’t look into issues and understand why they happened. You should, and you should take action to ensure it doesn’t happen again, but like I said before, people will feel how you make them feel. If you create relationships of trust with your team, they will trust you. 1 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer.