Ladies, how do you deal with a male colleague who is super assertive and doesn’t let the rest of us get a word in? For context, I’m part of a group of people looking to improve the culture in the team - I’ve been the last one to join, and I’m just struggling to find the space to contribute and share my thoughts with this guy leading all calls and speaking continuously. Thanks for the advice!

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You, the other ladies, and leadership can address this indirectly by playing the unofficial facilitator role —giving the floor and encouraging other ideas “hey, I’d like to hear what XYZ wants to say. She made a good point earlier. XYZ can you elaborate?” If he interjects, refocus the attention back on the other people “hey I notice you didn’t finish your thought, can you finish?”.

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Are the calls internal? One thing that has helped us is to have a rotating leader/facilitator and that person shapes the agenda and makes sure everyone gets a chance to give input. We’ve been able to balance out the people who talk more by giving those who talk less some dedicated agenda time with a topic they are interested in/want to share. Also we use the chat and poll everywhere to get input vs having people speak up during (to agree/to ask questions) which keeps the meeting flow going with less interruption.

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Thanks for your advice! The meetings are internal but the group insists we keep things “informal” though unstructured brainstorming sessions during our weekly 30min catch-ups, so I’m really facing some resistance here..

I just have my thoughts ready (no fillers, clear first sentence) and jump in the first microsecond break I hear. If there is an interruption, just ask “can you guys hear me” - sometimes with the conference calls there’s a slight delay so people speak over each other but make it clear that you were speaking and you are not done.

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Thanks for the advice ! I pretty much ended up doing the same, I just find it exhausting waiting for that ‘microsecond’ when I can step in 😩

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