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What is Meeting Participation?

Participation, in a meeting context, describes a cooperative effort to give input, make decisions, resolve issues, and assign actions together. Meeting facilitators are trained to encourage participation from everyone attending the meeting in order to foster each individual's commitment to the team's objectives and make the meeting more enjoyable. While facilitation and the appropriate meeting structure can increase participation, it is ultimately the individual attendee's responsibility to make sure he or she participates effectively. Lack of participation from one or more attendees is considered a meeting dysfunction.

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Related Glossary Terms
Engagement in Meetings, Lack of Participation

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