Purpose Behind Facilitating Content Presentations

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, the assumption is that we all heard the same thing or that our interpretation will automatically lead to consensual changes and coherent behavior.  Such is not always the case, in fact, sometimes meeting participants take off in opposite directions based on their interpretation of new content.

Consensual Content Management

Method

The following applies optimally before a speakers presentation has begun.  Namely, what the listeners should be on the look out for (take-aways), why we should care (implications), and what we may want to do different that will make us more efficient or effective (recommendations).  Since we are focused on what the participants can do different, it is a good idea to conduct a review session with the same approach, breaking down the “many-to-many” into simpler logic and more manageable takeaways:

  1. Solicit the take-aways such as facts, evidence, or examples newly learned by the meeting participants.  This list provides the WHAT factors.
  2. For each WHAT factor from above (ie, one at a time), develop consensual understanding about the implications and why we care.  Strive to obtain objective measurements that properly scale the gravity of each implication.  This list provides the SO WHAT factors.
  3. For each factor (ie, one at a time), facilitate consensual understanding about what changes in our lives, what we should do different—develop recommendations based on the implications rather the facts.  This list of new behaviors is why we took the time and money to listen to the speaker—it comprises a list of NOW WHATs.

 


In conclusion, MG RUSH professional facilitation curriculum focuses on providing methodology.  Each student thoroughly practices methodology and tools before class concludes. Some call this immersion. We call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.

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Facilitation Expert

Terrence Metz, CSM, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Monthly Facilitation blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

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