When you are tasked with leading a room it’s as much your role to listen to what is being said as to what isn’t being said.

The things that people aren’t saying can often be that very important missing piece of the jigsaw that allows understanding to happen. That nugget of explanation can be the thing that moves people from a place of confusion to a place of enlightenment.

To give yourself that genuine opportunity to listen to the spoken and the unspoken means constantly checking your position in the room, ensuring you always have the helicopter view and have not become embroiled in the mele of the detail, moving you from the position of seeing the wood to being amongst the trees.

When it’s your responsibility to lead a room, compere a conference or chair a meeting, remember to do it from the helicopter perspective where you can observe what is happening, and what isn’t.