Why you should stand when you speak

Written by Pam Chambers

Last week I conducted a two-hour training session for 30 managers of a retail chain of stores. During the second hour I got everyone into groups of four to discuss certain management concepts from my new book, Not This Again!I asked them to select someone in their group who would serve as a spokesperson and share with everyone what their group had discussed.

Four of the six spokespeople readily stood when I gestured for them to do so, but two of them were clearly reluctant and allowed others in the group to speak for them.

After the session, during the debrief with the two owners of the company, one of them was critical of me for making people stand. “These people are not like you! They are blue collar workers and don’t want this kind of attention.” “But is it too much to ask that managers be able to stand and deliver? Develop more leader-like skills? Be easily seen and heard?”

I doubt I will back down from my position on this.

What do you think?

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