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…

Facilitating Video Presence Meetings

How to Facilitate Virtual Meetings and Participants — During

Core facilitation skills apply to both face-to-face and virtual meetings and participants.  With teleconference or videopresence meetings, the session leader must speak clearly, provide active listening (especially feedback and confirmation), ask appropriate questions, manage time constraints and personality issues, etc.  Our discussion that follows below and in the previous/ next  blog, focus on what is different…

Host Facilitated Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons: Why Host Facilitated Sessions

The most important action most people take every day is to make choices, to decide.  Productivity is amplified when decisions are properly made.  Choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a meeting.  Here are five compelling reasons to host facilitated sessions: The advantages to a structured meeting or workshop include: Higher quality…

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…

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…