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Considerations on How to Facilitate between Europeans and Asians

Purpose An alumnus wrote about preparing for an executive workshop between Europeans and Asians between two different companies. The deliverable intends to capture a strategy document of their alliance to work with each other in their supply chain. Specifically the alumnus inquired about anything in particular to avoid or encourage. Specific Solution Speak with the…

Five Compelling Business or Organizational Reasons to Hold a Facilitated Session

Five Compelling Business or Organizational Reasons to Hold a Facilitated Session

Purpose The most important action most people take every day is to make choices, to decide.  Productivity is amplified if decisions are properly made about when to work alone, speak with one other person, or to pull together a group of people, typically called a meeting. The advantages to a facilitated meeting or workshop include:…

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…

Sequencing Your Meeting Introduction

How to Structure Your Most Effective Meeting Introduction

Just as the life-cycle of a meeting or workshop has three steps (ie, Get Ready, Do It, and Review), we find that within each meeting, three components need to be carefully managed to ensure success.  All agendas should include a beginning, a middle, and an end.  Many meetings fail because they neglect to include all…

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…