Consensual Content Management

How to Manage Content Presentations for Consensual Understanding

Purpose To develop consensual understanding about the impact of speakers’ content or otherwise newly developed information. Rationale Using speakers as an example, we frequently conduct a question and answer session when the speaker has completed or new information has been provided.  Next we give the speaker a round of applause and take a break or dismiss.  Apparently,…

Communications Plan

How to Communicate Meeting and Workshop Results

Guardian of Change (Communications Plan) Purpose The Guardian of Change is better known as a Communications Plan. Empirical research shows that it is best to guard and protect communications than to simply shout out.  Different audiences need different parts of the message, and may react differently to descriptive terms used and the media used to communicate…

Sequencing Your Meeting Introduction

How to Structure Your Most Effective Meeting Introduction

Just as the life-cycle of a meeting or workshop has three steps (ie, Get Ready, Do It, and Review), we find that within each meeting, three components need to be carefully managed to ensure success.  All agendas should include a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Many meetings fail because they neglect to include all…

Meeting Parking Lot Method

How to Manage Your Meeting Parking Lot and Action Items

At the conclusion of your meeting or workshop, review the outputs and deliverable (eg; decision, actions, information, priorities, reports, etc.), created during the meeting. Before you manage your meeting parking lot (ie, Open Issues), ensure that the pieces fit together and form one cohesive product. Use documentation generated during your meeting to structure a quick…