Vivification

How to Facilitate Consensual Definitions with Structure and Focused Listening

To build an operational definition that the group can live with, in its own words, and with its own understanding use the following method. Since narrative descriptions alone may fall short of the entire meaning, we also want to support the definition with illustration and examples. Rationale To provide support to a group that needs…

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…

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…

Meeting Agenda Design

Meeting Agenda Design that Creates the Output You Need

To improve your meeting agenda design that effectively leads a group to its deliverable, use these steps. Following the steps below will increase your meeting success. Before we begin, let us remember the definition of a solid structured meeting (eg, FAST) agenda: Meeting Agenda Design — Defined Your meeting agenda design reflects a series of steps that structure a group…