I spend a lot of time in meetings watching other people. I watch to see who is interested, who is playing on the phone instead of paying attention, who is agreeing, who seems concerned, who has questions but is afraid to ask.
Just watching others can tell a great deal about how the meeting is going, what direction it needs to go and what is being accomplished.
While the spoken words are important, the unspoken communication can say as much, if not more.
If you aren’t paying attention to other people’s body language, you might want to start.
You also might want to give more thought to your own body language in meetings (and this is some advice I need to accept as well).
Have a great day!