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How to Facilitate Brainstorming: Your Primer/ Overview of Three Main Steps

The term “brainstorming” is technically a gerund, a verb that wants to be a noun.  A gerund implies more than one step or activity.  Brainstorming has three.  When done properly, brainstorming can be highly effective.  When done poorly, it leaves a bad taste in peoples’ mouths. Optimal brainstorming includes three discrete activities: List (also known…

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

Facilitate Meaning, Not Words

One of the toughest tasks of a facilitator is to relinquish judgement, to fully seek the meaning behind the terms used by meeting participants. Since structured workshops frequently support the information revolution (as opposed to the 20thcentury industrial revolution), remind participants that their words are but instruments behind the meaning being conveyed. The term ‘in-formation’ implies…