Loosing the Floor – The Project Manager

I was called in to help a project manager at a large mining corporation who I was told didn’t contribute sufficiently to meetings. From the outset I realised he had been misdiagnosed. He didn’t lack confidence or suffer feelings of intimidation, as I had expected. He was contributing, but was quickly being talked over and losing the floor to others. He didn’t so much peter-out, as peter-in! His difficulties included; poor volume, taking too long to get to the point, extended and convoluted sentences and not enough overt enthusiasm for his own ideas. After three sessions, which included delivering his ideas and arguments within a shorter and shorter time frame, he began to employ not only greater self-discipline, but the necessary force and enthusiasm his ideas deserved.