SIM 6: Ask Them A Question 

By asking them a question, you provide them an audience to give a response that may not be the message you want to send. By giving them an audience, you empower them to continue to make poor choices and spread apathy to the larger group. We encourage you to approach them quietly during a down time in the meeting and try and redirect them.  

 

If they continue to ignore you at that point, ignore them and address it immediately after the meeting.  If they continued to ignore your request to pay attention, it's important to document that and set clear expectations for Faculty meetings.  

 

I share this as a real case scenario, I worked at a school where teachers would read the newspaper during Faculty meetings.  The principal had enough and blew up on them in front of everyone.  Guess what happened, teachers saw the principal lose his/her cool and now the newspaper reading teachers became the victims who others felt sorry for.  Blowing up and confronting them in front of the faculty rarely results in a positive outcome.