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How to get quiet teams talking

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How do you get quiet teams to increase their participation in retros, discuss, and try their own solutions?

If you’ve held enough meetings, you’ve seen this problem: sometimes everyone is quiet.

Folks may not be as open for a bunch of reason: maybe it’s a new team, maybe you’re in the middle of a particularly difficult project, maybe it feels like there’s so much to discuss, no one knows where to start.

We’ve built Parabol partially to help get people talking. From icebreakers, to anonymity to just having a structured meeting, we hope the tools now at your hands have made a difference.

But we know the problem isn’t yet solved, so we wanted to talk about it!

Jordan Husney, CEO & Co-Founder of Parabol and Bob Gower, Author & Leadership Consultant discuss best practices for facilitating quiet teams through retros, how to build trust on your team as a leader, and common mistakes and pitfalls we all face when trying to unlock our team’s potential and have productive conversations.

We’ve opened a retro board (of course 😊) and gathered input from our community on the following questions:

🙊 Taboos

What topics do you think your team avoids bringing up, but that would help you work better together if you could safely discuss them?

🏟️ Forums

What moments or meetings exist for your teams to talk, but you feel folks are being too silent?

🪨 Obstruction

As a facilitator or participant, what do you think you do that might shut down a conversation?

Jordan and Bob go deeper, bringing their collective wisdom on dealing with quiet teams across a variety of disciplines and situations to group, vote, and discuss.

Agile is Better with Parabol

Save meeting prep time, get everyone talking and evolve as a team – all in one tool. Parabol is free for up to 2 teams. Yup, totally free. From Parabol with love.