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In the world of business, regardless of what specifics may make up the company as a whole, meetings are a good way to gauge project completion, get feedback and outline future goals. Sometimes, this type of employee get-together can simply be a way to check how people feel about what's going on with the business. No matter what happens during a meeting, everyone should leave the conference room or joint call on the same page. Too often, people are confused at the close of these events. Whatever the reason may be for this, ia leader can use positive influence to ensure that no one is left out of the loop.

Can we close the gap?
For some reason, people often fear speaking out at a meeting among colleagues. Chalk this up to public speaking anxiety or the risk of looking foolish in front of peers, but whatever the explanation, businesses seem to lack the necessary skills to bring people together, get them talking and ensure they leave on the same page. 

To avoid these kinds of situations, meeting leaders need to learn how to adjourn group conversations correctly. The Harvard Business Review suggested that following a few easy steps can eliminate confusion and keep the office running efficiently. HBR asserted that keeping everyone on track and talking about the same topic is a good method for developing an enduring understanding. Sometimes meetings can take on a life of their own and flow between various conversations and this can cause important points to be lost and confusion to set in. Also, knowing how to use the Influence Tactic of Disengaging when things aren't moving in the "right" direction is critical to keeping relationships healthy and intact.

HBR noted that a deliberate close of discussion about a topic, as well as the meeting itself, is imperative to keep everyone in line. A proper closing ceremony includes reiterating important points and stating what the next steps need to be. This will allow everyone to hear the same information, specifically what from leaders needed to say, and ask clarifying questions if necessary.

Why is there a gap?
A lack of proper communication can lead to meetings ending without important information being delivered. People's facial expressions and other non-verbal cues are often different than what they intend to convey. This leads to discord between what leaders want and what they get. The Big Think stated that mismatched expressions and words will end in some sort of miscommunication. A successful business leader should know to align the two to avoid confusion. 

During meetings, employees may pick up on mixed messages and be unsure of how to move forward. Obviously, an enhanced understanding of the subject matter is imperative, but gauging a boss's emotions can be tricky. If leaders find that this dissonance is present during meetings, then they should attend a management training seminar to refine their skills or discover new ways to emote feelings and avoid confusion. Influence training is the best method to improve one self in a safe and encouraging environment. 

Meetings can be stressful for both employees and managers. But this is the time to get everything straight – business goals, future projects, budget restraints – and move on to more productive things.