Ever dreamed of outrageously misbehaving in a meeting?
We drew insights from the intriguing world of penalty shootouts, as highlighted in a thought-provoking piece by Geir Jordet. The article’s most amusing part is the description of the actions of the Argentina goalkeeper, Emiliano Martínez, during the final game of the 2022 Football World Cup.
Employing such behaviour during a business meeting seems quite unrealistic, but it’s crucial to acknowledge that someone might actually use similar mind games to sway the results of your meeting.
Rather than aiming to mimic the tactics of a crafty goalkeeper, our focus is on learning a lesson in “Defence Against The Dark Arts” within the realm of business meetings that involve opposing teams with differing objectives.
By being aware of these strategies, you’ll be better prepared to safeguard yourself and your team against their negative impacts.
1. Dominating the conversation
Individuals might try to monopolize the conversation, interrupting and speaking over others to assert dominance. This can make it difficult for others to voice their opinions and assert themselves, giving the dominant person an advantage.
Highlight specific, relevant expertise in your team and ask for someone else’s contribution.
2. Information overload
Overwhelming participants with excessive information or technical jargon can create confusion and hinder effective decision-making. Those who understand the complexity might use this tactic to manipulate outcomes.