Meeting Length Estimating

Meeting Length Estimating and Workshop Duration Tips and Guidelines

Proper workshop duration and meeting length estimating helps set the schedules and expectations of participants. If done incorrectly, your sessions risk premature completion, resulting in poor quality. If your schedule expands, results include scheduling problems and erosion of session leader credibility. General Guidelines Schedule workshops for no more than two (or three) days in length…

Meeting Graphics: Mandala

Why care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Visual Basics

Illustrations help capture concepts, ideas, and processes which replace the use of words. Why should we care about meeting graphics and illustrations? Illustrations enable participants to… Agree on concepts Create a memorable strategic plan for vision, mission and objectives Explore complex ideas Find common ground and overcome communication problems Identify key problems “See” what we mean Visualize the…

How to Facilitate Board Meetings

5 Tips on How to Facilitate Board Meetings (or Committees)

In 1876 General Henry M. Robert wrote the rules of American Congress (Parliamentary Procedure) for all citizens and societal groups with his publication of Pocket Manual of Rules of Order. Nearly 150 years later, his grandson, Henry M. Robert III, was living with a FAST alumni (a priest and rector) in the rectory at St Mary’s…

MG RUSH FAST Facilitation Leadership Weekly

Lunch and Learn: FAST Structured Facilitation Gems or Takeaways

Prepared as a Lunch and Learn guide, you will find twelve FAST Structured Facilitation gems worth remembering. They are listed in alphabetical order, rather than order of importance. From the perspectives of curriculum developers, instructors, and students, here are the most significant learnings offered by the FAST curriculum and structured facilitation technique. ONE: 7:59am preparation and…

Backup Meeting Output

Tips on How to Backup Meeting Output from Whiteboards/ Easels

Using your telephone or a separate camera to record and backup meeting output will help you avoid losing valuable information. You will capture various benefits with very little time or resource required. A backup provides a strong sense of security from loss of information gathered during your meetings and workshops. Backup Meeting Output from a Whiteboard or…

Meeting Inclusiveness

How to Recognize Diversity, Ensuring Meeting Inclusiveness

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

Fist of Five for Contextual Questions

Use the Fist of Five to Test for Consensus on Contextual Issues

The Fist of Five approach combines the speed of thumbs up/ down and displays the degrees of agreement that can support more complicated decision spectrums. Using this tool, people vote using their hands and display fingers to represent their degree of support. Fist of Five Method When a group comes to consensus on an issue, it means that everyone in the group can…