Following the previous post on handling other’s broadcast behaviours, here are more ideas to test, this time applied to yourself.
- (M) Make your point. As consultants we are often expected to offer our point-of-view. Limit your input to what people need to know … not everything you know.
- (I) Invite others in. Ask questions which encourage people to comment on, or challenge, what you said. Remember to stay open … don’t be defensive.
- (G) Guide the dialogue. Try listening, acknowledging and then summarising what people add to your point-of-view.
Another acronym. M.I.G.
(By the way, did you know in the game of marbles a MIG is one of the marbles players try to knock out of the ring?)
Test one of the M.I.G. ideas. Then let me know how you get on.