Welcome Ideas & create a Happier Workplace


Have you ever been to staff meetings where your efforts to contribute to what is being discussed and be proactive seem to be overlooked?

And wondered, “Why are my ideas blatantly ignored?”

Well, there are many reasons why managers and non-managers hear about a new idea, shot it and do nothing about it. Chances are, they may appreciate the new idea, and not have enough room to accommodate it at the time you proffered it.

Also, you must understand that not all ideas are necessarily useful, or great input just because they sound good in your ears.

That being said, leadership should create an atmosphere for expression where useful or not useful ideas can be shared. The reason being that, modelling a culture of inclusion in staff meetings creates an atmosphere of great thinkers, boost employees’ moods, emotions and overall outlook to have a positive impact on job performance, decision making, productivity, return, teamwork, leadership and foster organizational significant culture.

In this post, I’d share with you business etiquette insight into including others in a meeting and steps you can take to contribute your ideas professionally.

Sharing your ideas:

Sometimes the reason why your ideas are shot down or ignored is that you’re not heard! So, using the following statements ensures that the person leading a meeting hears subconsciously, that you’re speaking and may likely think about your ideas.

After sitting through a meeting for a short time, and taking notes of the things being communicated, ask for permission to speak if you have a contribution and keep your statement clean.


“May I add to what’s been said so far?”

“Can I please have a moment to share an idea?”

“May I say something there?” OR “Excuse me, Mr. Nelson. I’d like to add that. . .”

Avoid using the statement, which could minimize the value of your initiative and simply state your information. 

E.g.: “I was just wondering if perhaps executing project XYZ could be done in a manner. . .” Instead say, “After thoroughly researching Project XYZ, I suggest it should be. . .”

Including others:

As a person leading a staff meeting, never cut people off when they are proffering an idea. Never shot down an initiative. Never cut people off when they're expressing their views on the matter of the meeting.

What should you do?  When you hear an idea, be ready to say something about what you hear the other person say. If it’s possible, try to find something positive about the idea they are sharing. This shows that you have listened to their information.

For example, you could say, “That would be effective in improving. . .”  Then, add an idea of yours that buttress the person’s idea and shows that you acknowledge him or her.

Or you could paraphrase what the employee says with a statement like: “So, what I am hearing you say is. . .” Then, give the employee a chance to clarify his or her idea if you're not understanding them.

Always get the idea straight. Ask the person questions to clarify the information he or she is imparting to the team to better understand the initiative.

I hope these tips help you to model a culture of inclusion and cultivate a happier workplace successfully.

Do you want me to teach this process to your staff? Send us an email to drsetiquetteconsulting@gmail.com or use the contact form on the home page, and I will respond to you with the needs assessment form to breakdown what you need and lucrative ways to help you achieve your goals.

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Love & more success, 💗

Your friend and Coach

~ Damilola Ogunremi 

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