How good are you at reading the room in a meeting, when networking or just in general? Here are some tips to help you understand and see any potential pitfalls:
Control how much you talk
Interpret your observations
Check your hypotheses
Put your perceptions into pracice
In every conversation at work, there’s the explicit discussion happening — the words being spoken out loud — and the tacit one. To be successful in most organizations, it’s important to understand the underlying conversations and reactions that people in the room are having. But if you aren’t picking up on those subtle cues, how can you learn to do so? What signals should you be looking for? And what can you do to influence the unspoken dynamics?