It Begins with a Meeting Designer

Meeting Methodologist or Meeting Designer? A Rhetorical Shift.

Clients frequently contact us about facilitating a meeting or workshop on behalf of an individual or organization. It might be a large, multi-national firm planning a complicated, and potentially expensive, deliverable. It could be a small, nonprofit organization seeking to get the most out of their busy board member’s time. While one organization seeks someone with…

Public Relations Innovation

New Ideas Propel Public Relations Innovation to Influence Service and Community

Alex Osborn, the cohesive force behind creating ‘brainstorming’, shared a message with public relations professionals in 1948. Today, his message resonates louder than ever: facts and scientific research may be used to clarify our public problems, yet evidence alone “cannot find solutions unless populated by new ideas”[1] Ideas that could arise from public relations innovation.…

Structured Facilitation Sessions

Five Compelling Business Reasons To Use Structured Facilitation Sessions

The most important action you take every day is to make choices–to decide. Your productivity amplifies when your decisions are optimal. Therefore, choose wisely when to work alone, speak with another person, or call for a meeting. Here are five compelling reasons for when to use structured facilitation sessions: Advantages to Structured Facilitation Sessions Higher…

Corporate Decision-Making

Presenter Tips: How To Simply Make Your Presentations More Facilitative

Research by the National Speakers’ Association shows that becoming more facilitative (i.e., more interactive or service-oriented) is the single most important change a speaker or presenter can make. Following, you will find three powerful presenter tips to use before, during, and after presentations. If you have not compiled a personal handbook with presenter tips about…

The Single Question Approach

Avoid Asking “How Do We Solve Global Hunger?” with the Single Question Approach

Not all situations are covered by cookbook agendas or avail a methodologist to help. Therefore, the facilitator must develop their approach another way. Use the Single Question Approach to develop new questions that lead to a meeting method complete with a detailed agenda. The Single Question Approach breaks down the big question that will provide…

Multi-discipline Work Groups

Securing Commitment Among Multi-Discipline Work Groups

Groups separated by geography are but one challenge. So, today we’ll discuss tips for how to create commitment among multi-discipline work groups. Apply these tips when facilitating communication among work groups that are widely separated by geography. Frequent Integration Among Multi-Discipline Work Groups Very often, a work group comprises several small teams, each in separate locations.…