The first time I took a snowboarding lesson, I was taught one useful tip – point in the direction where you want the board to go. This physical and directional trick actually helps steer you. However, focus on the trees and the same thing will happen.
Author and marketing guru Seth Godin recently wrote a post about doing “checkins” just before a meeting. He suggests each team member speak up and talk about their fears. I understand where Seth is coming from but would offer a more holistic approach.