The healthiest meetings encourage “equality of voices.”
Creating the space for check-ins at the top of a meeting will allow your most introverted members to contribute and set the expectation that everyone shares and are heard.
Check-ins can take the place of the usual chit-chat that happens at the beginning of meetings. When you take the time to hear where members are coming from, you can increase their focus and improve the overall productivity of the meeting.
When your team’s minds are elsewhere, both collaboration and productivity suffer. Check-ins allow members to be present, increase self-awareness, and intentionally remind team members of the commitment to work together.
There is always value in permitting people to connect quickly, making the following conversations more productive.