Easel Sample

How to Improve Your Use of Easels When Facilitating Meetings and Workshops

The National Speakers’ Association once stated that the most important change speakers could make to be more effective would be to be more facilitative. By that they meant the use of interaction, solicitation, and capture of participants’ ideas. Whether you are a speaker, teacher, coach, or traditional facilitator, it is good to develop competence using…

Breakout Sessions

How to Manage Breakout Sessions (3 Minute Productivity WOW)

Breakout sessions or sub teams enable groups to capture more information in less time.   Breaking groups up is also effective at overcome the monotony of relying too much on narrative Brainstorming.  With strong active listening, the session leader (aka, facilitator) may take up to one-half of the total talk time by setting up context and providing thorough…

Balance

How to Converge Your Brainstorming Input—Key Measure (continued)

Brainstorming‘s third activity, frequently called ‘convergence’, may take the form of decision criteria. Criteria can take different forms, as shown below. Purpose Here we define how an organization will measure its progress as it reaches toward its future vision. Defined—key, measures, objectives, goals, and considerations: A key is something of paramount or crucial importance. A…

Facilitate Brainstorming and Get Out of the Box

How to Facilitate Brainstorming: 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.  To facilitate brainstorming properly can be highly effective.  When done poorly, it leaves a bad taste in peoples’ mouths. Optimal brainstorming includes three discrete activities: List (also known…