People are quiet in Board meetings for different reasons. Some are naturally quiet. Others fear sharing their opinions because they may be ridiculed or laughed at. Others may not be comfortable speaking in front of people. Yet, these people may have important contributions for the association, so it’s critical to engage everyone in the HOA Board meeting.
While it’s true that you can’t convert quiet people into extroverts, there are strategies that can get everyone involved. Here are some steps you as the group leader can take to nudge quieter members into speaking.
Quiet people don’t typically like to be put on the spot in front of the group. Coming up with ways to solicit input from each Board member creates a safe environment to share ideas in meetings without singling out one or more members.
Many times, you’ll see that quieter Board members become more engaged without an explicit invitation when you create a safe, relaxed environment. As they begin to see that their opinions are of interest to others and can help the community, they become more confident about speaking up.
When meetings are respectful and productive, communities are better able to solve problems and make decisions. That’s why HOA Board members to engage in each meeting. It benefits every homeowner and creates a better community.