When Facilitating, How to Categorize

When Facilitating, How to Categorize List of Ideas and Inputs

One of the worst questions a facilitator could ask is “How would you like to categorize these?”  That’s why we hired you.  Categorizing and creating  clusters of related items (or processes) makes it easier for a group to stay focused in subsequent discussions.  Learn the secret now when the challenge is how to categorize when…

How to Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment

How to Create and Sustain a Participatory Environment

The primary responsibility of a facilitator is to protect the participants.  Secondarily, the facilitator helps drive the group toward its desired deliverable.  Since the deliverable is built to serve the participants, the people take priority over the issues.  To some extent, both people and issues are managed by creating an environment that is conducive to…

Meeting Ground Rules Help Manage Behavior

Workshop and Meeting Ground Rules for Optimal Group Behavior

Use a set of meeting ground rules to help manage group and individual behavior.  You can lead meetings and discussions without ground rules, but did you ever leave an unstructured meeting with a headache?  The term “discussion” is rooted similarly to the terms “percussion” and “concussion.” Some of the meeting ground rules we have found particularly…