Any work that happens in meetings is accomplished by talking.

But if work’s going to happen, it matters who’s talking. Even and especially if you are in charge, the purpose of the meeting is almost certainly not for others to hear the sound of your voice.

If you have something to add that will help the work get done, add it. Hiding your perspective when it’s valuable doesn’t help anyone.

But editorializing on others’ work when it’s their responsibility and not yours doesn’t help, either.

If the team needs to get unstuck and back to work, let them — or possibly help them — talk through the block. Otherwise, “DNT:” do not talk.

(If you just need to pass the word or make yourself heard, send an email.)