We’ve all been in a meeting (or several) that didn’t accomplish much of anything. In fact, this meeting could have been handled by an email, right? How the leader manages and runs the meeting is vitally important to its success. The language and words the leader chooses to use greatly impacts this as well. I was recently quoted by Go BankingRates about what leaders can say to effectively lead a meeting. You can check out the whole article here.

Here’s an excerpt from the full article:

Do Say: This Is What I Think We Should Do

Having open ears and an open mind is an effective leadership trait anyone can develop. By saying, “This is what I think we should do,” versus, “This is what we’re going to do,” you’re letting attendees know the proposal isn’t set in stone.

This phrase “naturally implies that you haven’t totally made up your mind, and that you’re open to suggestions or feedback,” said Rafael Salazar, owner and president of Rehab U. “People will feel more apt to provide feedback” if you phrase a suggestion this way, he said.

Check out the rest of the article for the other 11 tips to running an effective here.


Have you made any changes to the words you use to run a more effective meeting? Share any additional resources that you found helpful in the comments below!

For more informational reads, check out our Blog to see all the articles we’ve published to date. Click here to head over to our resources section and check out our variety of clinical and professional resources aimed at increasing your knowledge and skills. We have many free and inexpensive resources, like our report on Total Shoulder Replacements or our Core-4 Shoulder Exercise Program.


Rafael E. Salazar II, MHS, OTR/L is the president and CEO of Rehab U Practice Solutions. He has experience in a variety of rehab settings, working with patients recovering from a variety of injuries and surgeries. He worked as the lead clinician in an outpatient specialty clinic at his local VA Medical center. He also has experience as an adjunct faculty instructor at Augusta University’s Occupational Therapy Program, as a Licensed Board Member on the GA State OT Board, has served on several committees for the national OT Board (NBCOT), and as a consultant for the State of Georgia. He is also on the Board of Directors for NBCOT.

Read his full bio Here. Read about Rehab U Here.


Sign up to get the latest articles and resources!

You’ll also receive clinical bonuses not posted to the site!