Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

Chairing Meetings

16 Valuable Tips and Considerations when Chairing Meetings

Many skills required to facilitate also apply to chairing meetings. Success begins with vision and meeting vision comes alive by articulating the purpose, scope, and objectives in advance.  Other considerations that support successful facilitating or chairing rely heavily on people skills such as: Ability to trust in the good nature of the human spirit, even in high-risk situations…

Eight Meeting Purposes

8 Meeting Purposes – What Tasks Are You Asking a Group to Complete?

Effective meetings are first based on clear line of sight to an end result, preferably something that can be documented.  Yet all too often meeting purposes rely on determining WHAT the deliverable should be. Consequently, using meeting time to determine the meeting deliverable indicates unclear thinking and weak methodology.  As a result, see the eight most common reasons…

Meeting Competence

9 Tips Proven to Increase Meeting Competence and Output Quality

Without effective leadership, you can win the agenda but lose the meeting. Meeting competence demands that you take responsibility to prevent collective incompetence. For example, do not allow ‘showboating’ and meetings within meetings. Additionally, consider the following suggestions to improve meeting competence. Meeting Competence Considers . . . Acronyms and BuzzWords—Create a visual legend for…

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

How Facilitated Leadership Can Help You Overcome 7 Common Project Pitfalls

Facilitative leadership provides the best assurance that team leads/ project managers can overcome project pitfalls. Borrowing from the PMBoK (ie, Project Management Institute Body of Knowledge) and other published sources, following are seven of the most common project pitfalls. A discussion about each follows below. 7 Project Pitfalls Abandonment of Planning Feature (Scope) Creep Omitting…

brainsteering

“Brainsteering” Recommends 5 Activities to Improve Brainstorming

Through more robust planning and preparation, the facilitator and methodologist can do much to amplify the brainstorming tool. Here are five activities to help you. The Harper-Collins book “Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas” written by the brothers Kevin and Shawn Coyne reinforces these five, highly practical considerations to facilitate effective innovation sessions. Develop Optimal…

Effective Meeting Wrap up

Most Meetings Don’t End, They Stop: Use a Professional Meeting Wrap Up

Daniel Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing stresses the importance of the meeting wrap up. He calls it “ending on a high note.” Others refer to the recency effect. Below find the four most critical activities needed to facilitate a professional, efficient, and effective meeting wrap up: #1-Review, #2-Next Steps, #3-Communications, and…