At the beginning of the meeting, before any agenda item, everyone in the group “checks in” by saying what is up for them and how they are coming into the meeting.
There are three good reasons to start with an opening round.
- We want to share what might be affecting us in a meeting (tired? tense? distracted?) so that we can own how we are and becomes allies in being at the best we can.
- Checking in can help the speaker to transition into the meeting by getting off your chest what you are bringing into the meeting
- By sharing something about ourselves, we can get to know each other more. The more we understand about each other, the better we will work with each other.