Three Questions for Clarity and Precision

How to Be Precise with Three Transition Questions: Do NOT Ask “How Do You Solve Global Hunger?”

Transition questions are highly effective because you cannot develop a plan, any plan, such as a marketing plan, by asking “What is the marketing plan?”  The question is so broad as to be DUMB. We have learned during facilitated meetings and workshops, that it’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How…

The Big Question

Avoid Asking “How Do We Solve Global Hunger?” with Improved Methodology

Meeting participants are all too frequently confronted with questions that are too difficult to answer. When the facilitator receives a blank stare or extended silence after asking a question, there is a strong likelihood that the question is much to broad or vague, and thus difficult (rather than easy, as in facilitaere) to answer. Strive…

Three Questions for Clarity and Precision

Three Simple yet Precise Questions that Improve Group Clarity and Consensus Building

We have learned during facilitated meetings and workshops, that it’s not easy for participants to respond to broad questions like “How do you solve global hunger?”  While meaningful, the question’s scope is too broad (and perhaps vague) to stimulate specific, actionable (ie, SMART) responses like “We could convert eight abandoned mine shafts in Somalia to create…

Size Factors

Questions about Size Factors that Impact the Amount of Meeting Risk (2 of 5)

This is the second of a five-part discussion, providing a method for evaluating the relative risk of a meeting or workshop. Method The method follows the steps below: Review the risk assessment questions from prior worksheets or those that follow. Use the FAST risk analysis worksheets to capture your answers and compute a score. Use…

Risk Over Timeline

40 Proven Questions to Determine and Mitigate Meeting or Workshop Risk (1 of 5)

This two-part discussion provides a method for evaluating the relative risk of a meeting or workshop. What is Risk? Risk is exposure to the following consequences: Failure to achieve benefits Hardware and software incompatibility Higher implementation costs Longer implementation time Performance that is less than expected Risk is not “bad”—failure to understand risk is dangerous.…

4 Hats

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…

How to Facilitate an After Action Review

An Agenda and Support to Facilitate an After Action Review

Here is a meeting agenda for reviewing a project, program, or initiative.  While given various names, we will refer to this workshop as the After Action Review.  It provides a group reflection by those involved to learn what happened so that we can improve future performance. Purpose of an After Action Review Meeting The After Action…

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:…

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…