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…

Meeting Agenda Design

Meeting Participation Tips (Part 3 of 3—The Wrap)

Great meetings include some repetitive characteristics.  A high level of participation frequently indicates the opportunity for a great meeting.  What encourages participation? We share select characteristics with you through the sequence they would occur in a well-conducted meeting; namely the beginning, the middle, and the end (ie, The Wrap).  The following is not meant to…

Increasing Meeting Contributions from Quiet People

Five Ways to Facilitate Quiet People to Get Them to Participate

Please pardon the expression, but they say that a leopard cannot change his or her spots. While it is true that we are not going to convert quiet people into aggressive extroverts who dominate a meeting, there are simple steps that facilitators can take to transform the velocity of contributions from quiet people. Interview Your…

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…