PICTURE yourself entering a corporate meeting, team meeting or business meeting. There you are sitting in the room, while someone in the “expert” or “boss” chair speaks to you or at you.

There you are, not aligned with that person’s mission or vision. There you are, feeling apart from the process. There you are, lacking energy and the desire to be there. There you are, hearing what is going wrong and what you or your team or department needs to change or improve. How do you feel?

Do you feel a great connection to the meeting? Are you enthusiastic about being there? Are you fully present? Are you deeply tuned in and listening with your heart and your head? Are you inspired to co-create, participate, and contribute? Or, are you ready to fall asleep, or count the minutes of what you feel is wasted time?

My experience in my two-plus decades in business and in coaching business clients around the world is that the system of meetings, clearly, must change.

Most meetings do not include participant involvement and actually serve to tune people out rather than tune them in, and as a result, the intention of the meeting falls short of its purpose. In other words, they can really be a waste of precious company time.

The process of meeting alignment we have been teaching companies around the world has allowed them to use a systematic process that engages people in meetings and creates a desire for them to contribute and fully participate in these business meetings.

The Meeting Alignment Process and the results it creates include:

•          A desire to co-create: The purpose of a meeting is not to get across “your” agenda; it shifts to sharing your thoughts and hearing fully the thoughts and ideas of others to co-create the meeting purpose and actions.

•           Deep tuning in: Most meetings involve people talking and listening to themselves. The Meeting Alignment Process teaches people to fully listen with their hearts and listen beyond the words to what is not said, to emotions and to fully hear others.

The Meeting Alignment Process teaches techniques of being non-judgmental, so people can fully hear and support each other and let new ideas in, versus ruling out and defending against why things won’t work. It produces a safe environment in which people feel encouraged to participate.

•          Non-attachment: Many people think meetings are about a specific outcome occurring — the meeting holder’s outcome. That is a surefire way to alienate people and result in them not wanting to support you.

The Meeting Alignment Process allows each person to give up “his” outcome and lets the meeting and solutions unfold for the good of the entire group.

•           Asking the right questions: Most meetings focus on problems, fixing problems, or informing people of change. The meeting needs to ask what is working and other pertinent questions. These questions form the basis of creating a positive energy flow and opening up creativity. It’s the basic principle of encouraging a sense of positivity rather than negativity.

Questions in this process focus on what is working, why it works, what would be the perfect ideal vision and what isn’t quite right yet, and then, coming up with resources and inspired actions to create the outcome of the meeting.

•           Feeling good: When people attend a meeting where every idea is praised and contributions rewarded, and they are thanked and appreciated, this raises self-esteem, confidence and morale.

People want to participate in meetings that make them feel good, not only about the company they work for, but about themselves and their role in it.

This process is effective in all companies and will work with groups of all sizes. It requires a shift in the employer’s and leaders’ thinking, from managing and bossing and telling to coaching and co-creating and sharing.

The effect is profound. People who are valued and treated with respect rise up to challenges. They are more excited to solve problems, participate in the mission and vision of the company, and create more productivity. They feel the company's success is their success. It motivates them to greater achievement.

Companies following a systematic process of creating a Meeting Alignment Process lift morale out of the depths fast. Their employees are happier, their retention rates rise and the corporate culture shifts to one of enthusiasm. A beneficial win-win situation is created and everyone gets to bask in success.

Article by Terri Levine, chief executive officer of Coaching Instruction.com. She is a master certified personal and business coach, public speaker and author of Stop Managing, Start Coaching, Work Yourself Happy and more. For more information, visit www.TerriLevine.com. Article source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Terri_Levine