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Al Pittampalli

Steve, I think often the problem is too much agreement. I believe one of the best avenues to guide a discussion is to foster areas of disagreement and promote moderate task conflict. That conflict can really widen options, moderate extreme views, and overall make the discussion more interesting!

Beth Armknecht Miller

Steve, great post. I just came back from a meeting with a client where the discussion was around ineffective meetings. You are right on target. Great questions will re-energize and get more valuable information out on the table.

Beyond Horizons

Sometimes, I have noticed that too many things get crammed into a single meeting. And often, the discussion deviates from the main topics. Such meetings and discussions prove to be very ineffective cause there is an overload of information. And as a result, none of the information gets retained. My suggestion is to limit the agenda (keep about 2-3 points to be covered). This way the information stays fresh and more is retained. Also, avoid going off topic and getting confused.

- Sindoora (http://www.beyondhorizons.in)

Gillian

It's a great idea to focus on action-based questions so you keep the end goal in mind!

Leadership Development

Its a nice tip to ask a question when energy falls down. Its a good way to keep the speaker attentive. I think in such a situation some difficult questions should be asked to alert speaker's mind. This will also make suspension in the discussion.

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