When participation is called for, though, there’s a lot more energy if everyone leans in. We can help them engage by priming members for participation. As you plan your agenda and talking points, think about these strategies.
#1: Focus on making things fun and friendly to help participants feel safe.
#2: Start with tiny asks, like questions that need just a one-word answer to break the ice.
#3: Cue up questions that have no wrong answers at the start to make it possible for everyone to participate.
#4: Increase the complexity of your participation requests gradually once most people enthusiastically participate.